99-year-old Quebec woman threatened with criminal charges for failing to appear for jury duty – MONTREALINABOX

Edward Ritchuk’s 99-year-old mother-in-law is in a long-term care home, bedridden, hard of hearing and unable to hold a conversation.

So he found it pretty odd when Marion Lenko was summoned to court for jury selection.

“When I first received the letter, I thought it was a joke,” he said.

The summons was delivered first to her seniors’ residence. Then in December, it was sent to Ritchuk’s home in Beaconsfield, Que., an on-island Montreal suburb. She was expected to appear for selection earlier this month.

Richuk said he emailed her son, who lives in Florida and is legally responsible for Lenko. But he said her son never responded to the summons, failing to ask for an exemption.

“Then this week, I received a letter from the justice ministry saying that she has to appear on the 31st of January in court or procedures will be taken against her,” he said.

Lenko was born in July 1923 and is now living under 24-hour medical care in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., in the West Island.

Ritchuk said he can’t believe that there was no verification done before his mother-in-law was sent a letter saying she may be criminally liable for not fulfilling her jury duty.

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