The nine-year-old boy who has been called up for jury duty... for the SECOND time

Jacob Clark, 9, displays the jury duty notice he received

Jacob Clark, 9, displays the jury duty notice he received

It is a civic duty that many people will not be asked to carry out even once.

But that is not the reason why Jacob Clark was surprised to have been summoned for jury service for the second time in his life.

Rather, Jacob is just nine years old.

The youngster, from Yarmouth, Massachusetts, was puzzled to receive a notice in the mail to report to court.

'I was like, "What's a jury duty?",' Jacob Clark told the Cape Cod Times.

Clark was summoned to appear in Orleans District Court in Massachusetts on April 18 for jury selection.

'I looked at it and said, "This is ridiculous!",' said Jacob's grandmother, Deborah Clark.

But it is not the first time the third grader had been summoned to jury duty - it also happened when he was just two years old.

Mrs Clark said the misunderstanding arose becasue her grandson’s birth year had been listed as 1982, instead of 2002.

When Jacob got home from school last week, Mrs Clark told him about the notice.

'At first he thought of jury duty and going to court meant he did something wrong,' Mrs Clark said.

She and the boy’s father, Robby Clark, used the experience as a way to teach Jacob a lesson about civic duty.

'We explained to him what it is… When a bunch of people get together and sit and listen to the pros and cons and decide whether a person is guilty or not guilty,' she said.

'I asked him if he wanted to go. I said it’s a day off from school and you get lunch.'

The 9-year-old then became excited.

'He goes, "I want to be a police officer so maybe this will help me",' Mrs Clark said.

Mrs Clark said they had no trouble convincing the authorities that Jacob was only half the minimum age required to serve on a jury.

'My son filled out the bottom half and sent it in stating his age,' she said.
One follow-up call later, and Jacob was exempt - for now.