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Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5224)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 5:31 PM


I just got summoned. I am not sure if I am excited, cause you never know what kinda case you may get....or dreading it...cause you never know what kind of case you may get.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5224)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 5:32 PM

Oh...and does my employer have to pay me for those days?

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 5:35 PM

That should be a fun day. I've been called twice for the pool and sat around the courthouse all day reading and doing sudoku, but didn't get picked.

Caramel1  (Level: 136.5 - Posts: 21602)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 5:39 PM

They are required to give you the time off-believe they must give you the difference between what you get paid for jury duty-and what you would normally make. I have sat on 2 jury panels-one for murder and one for a DUI arrst-get called all the time. Think it is hard for them to find folks without a felony conviction dunno

Collioure  (Level: 115.6 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 5:39 PM

Usually your employer reimburses you for the difference.

Lodi  (Level: 108.0 - Posts: 2143)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 6:17 PM

I was jury foreman on a 9 week double homicide trial. One of the victims was Chuck Palahniuk's father. I thought I would get a lifetime reprieve for that but just got another jury summons. They said this trial is only expected to take 5 days.

I worked in the legal field for many years so I found the trial fascinating.

I'm not sure that there is a broad policy that covers all jurors regarding their jobs. I think its dependent upon your employer. I know there was concern for choosing jurors for the 9 week trial who didn't have an employer who paid them to be on jury duty. it would have bankrupted those people who are paid hourly and don't get paid vacations, sick days, etc.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.7 - Posts: 1301)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 7:10 PM

I'm probably one of the oddest people around, but I would like to do jury duty! I've been a registered voter for decades (Oh that hurts to say that!!!). I always heard that's how jurors were picked, but I never have been. Hubby's been called twice and got out of it due to his physical condition, but me, no way. Maybe some day.

I was a witness in a case one time, though. Nothing like you see in most movies. I was kept out in the hall until it was my turn and then I was called in, sworn in, asked a couple questions, no cross-examination, and I was free to go. Kinda cool. My crazy neighbor's crazy boyfriend had gone crazy and busted up her place, slashing her waterbed and killing her rabbits and I was able to place him at the scene because I heard him yelling and I looked out my window and saw him walking away, talking and gesturing to himself.

Caramel1  (Level: 136.5 - Posts: 21602)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 7:23 PM

I can now automatically be exempted as once you turn 70 you can. I get called all the time. Like Smoke said most of the time you sit around the courthouse all day and get questioned for different juries but are not picked-total bore. The murder trial was in Detroit-hung jury-guy a "nutjob". The DUI was her in Fl. I thought the girl was guilty but she was pretty and I was in the minority so let them have their not guilty verdict.

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 7:52 PM

In NJ you are exempt for three years after you serve. I once served on a special grand jury that was convened to study corruption in a nearby locality. There was too much to sift though to let it go to the regular grand juries. It kept reconvening and I ended up serving for eight and half months- one day a week. I got paid by my employer also. It was very interesting.

Lynnm  (Level: 238.4 - Posts: 2060)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 8:23 PM

I just got a summons for my 4th jury duty, for which I will report in November. Laws regarding jury reimbursement vary from state to state. In NM, i get minimum wage and sign the check over to my employer, who continues to pay me my regular salary. I also get mileage at the state rate of 32 cents per mile.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 3847)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 8:58 PM

My advice as a veteran of multiple jury duties is:

Most jury duties are a term of time or 1 case. Be smiley and agreeable. Don't do anything to get yourself disqualified. Try to get on the first case available. My last time was Circuit Court. I reported on Monday, was on a jury by lunch, and the trial was finished Tuesday afternoon in time for me to be home dinner. I have no idea how much of the potential time those not picked had to spend in a room full of daytime TV and old magazines....but it was certainly days, if not weeks longer than I did.

M48ortal  (Level: 263.9 - Posts: 3852)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 10:01 PM

When I was teaching, I hated to get called. Making lesson plans for someone I didn't know, only to come back and find out they gave the kids "free time." Half the time the defendant was kin to one of my ex-students.

Now that I have the time, I've never been called.

My wife was sitting on the circuit jury pool when she got a jury call for the district jury. I think in our state they use the drivers license registration. She had to turn her jury check over to her employer, but she got her normal pay while serving.

Allena  (Level: 269.0 - Posts: 1434)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 10:21 PM

Take two changes of clothes. If you don't like the case, put on your best suit and a Phi Beta Kappa Key. If you want the case, wear your blond wig and more holy than righteous jeans and look like a blank slate.

Buchanan  (Level: 81.3 - Posts: 335)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 11:15 PM

I was on the federal grand jury and it was a good experience but a lot of time was wasted and yes,someone asked if your employer had to pay you.Anywhere I've ever worked they do have to pay you but some places pay a set rate(usually less than you make on the job).I've found that if you tell your employer that you have been summond they will get you off the case,thats been my experience.also its your duty as a taxpayer to serve.Buchanan

Koota  (Level: 189.4 - Posts: 2125)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 11:18 PM

Hmmmmm. Now that I think of it, I spent the last day I spent in Jury Duty in a boring room all day with no Sudoku and did not get reimbursed by my employer.

Turns out that we were due for a 3-day weekend for some holiday and the courts decided to have the long weekend rather than choose a jury, so I wasn't called to serve.

Too bad, too, cuz I was really inspired by the "It is your duty to serve" speech given by the judge.

Avdralle  (Level: 183.6 - Posts: 57)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 11:32 PM

I worry that I'll be chosen for the jury of the serial murder trial of Mac "The Machete." And that when we convict him, he points to the jury and says, "You're all dead."

Lodi  (Level: 108.0 - Posts: 2143)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 11:38 PM

I found it completely fascinating. I had been on the other side of courtroom, helping to choose jurors, but it was great to be on the other side.

However, I was dismayed at what happens to people when it comes to jury deliberations. We had just gone through a 9 week trial and we had a lot of evidence to go over. Most were pissed, just wanted to declare guilty and go home. He was guilty, but we owed it to the defendant, the system, and to each other, to go over everything, make a timeline, and discuss the evidence presented to us. Tempers flared, people were at each other's throats, attacking them on a personal level when they didn't agree with them. It was awful. I remember thinking that if I was ever accused of murder, I, in no way, wanted a jury trial because most people weren't interested in the evidence. Most formed an opinion and that was that. Why bother listening to all the facts - it was just a waste of their time.

All the bickering and nastiness of some of the political threads remind me of that. I can't imagine being sequestered in a jury room with some of those people and trying to come to an agreement.

Jeannette  (Level: 115.1 - Posts: 1734)
Sat, 8th Aug '09 2:59 AM

i did jury duty and was on a double murder case we got paid by the day if we got dismissed early for the day would only get paid for the hours we were there ,i found the forensic evidence fasinating ,only tea and coffee for us .
we spent a couple of nights away from home ,the police went to pick our clothes up from home we were not allowed to,just a quick phone call in front of them to say what we wanted.
my husband sent me a damp skirt lol good job there was a trousers press in the room dryed it with that.
There were just two people that were,nt sure allthough all the evidence pointed to there guilt
one of them was married to a judge and from the few things she let slip he wasnt a very nice person we think she hust wanted to get away from him for a couple of nights .we were told would be took of the roll for ten years ,and proberly wouldnt be called again

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Sat, 8th Aug '09 6:10 AM

I was recently called for the first time in my life and am so excited, I always wanted to serve. We get paid $10/day plus mileage, but if I were still working, my employer would be required to pay me my regular wages less the $10. My friend was seated on a murder case but not cross-examined by attorneys, so she told the judge if she had to see a picture of a dead person it would scar her for the rest of her life. He was P.O.'d -- released her and then warned others not to pull that stunt.

I'd probably be dismissed if the case was for rape or child abuse of any kind, I could not be objective.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3356)
Sat, 8th Aug '09 6:15 AM

I've been called for jury duty many times, been sworn into two juries, and then both juries were dismissed. I actually was really disappointed - I would love to see the process through.

The first jury I was on was a civil case in which a woman was suing the county for false arrest. The 2 lawyers spent a lot of time asking us questions about how we felt about policemen before they were happy with the jury. Took a day and a half to make them happy. Then they led us up to the jury room, where we waited. Finally they decided we should go to lunch and the trial would start after lunch. So a court clerk escorted us to the door of the very large court building. He told us what time to come back, but to not go to the same room. Gave us directions and told us to see the "fascist" at the desk and tell him we were on the Smith case. We looked at each other, thought that was strange, and went off to lunch, came back, saw the policeman and he told us where to go. And then we sat for a couple of hours in the jury room. Finally, a different court clerk came in and told us we were all dismissed. Long story made short, turned our that someone had overhead clerk #1 refer to the policeman as a fascist, and they felt that they had to start over selecting a new jury, as we had been tainted. That court clerk was later fired.

The second jury I was on - do not remember the nature of the case - they had chosen 2 of us by the end of the first day. We were sworn in, but allowed to wait in the corner of the room the next day while they interviewed for the other seats. In the process of being interviewed one of the prospective jurors announced that while he didn't know the judge he had spent a lot of time trying to "get the bastard out of office". That did it. We were all dismissed.

I was excused from almost being on another jury because I have herniated discs. And all the other times, I just sat, read, and knitted. I just realized that I haven't been called in over 10 years.

Lodi  (Level: 108.0 - Posts: 2143)
Sat, 8th Aug '09 12:18 PM

When we were being questioned for the double homicide case, they pulled us each individually into a back room where they had the judge, all attorneys in the case, a court reporter, and the defendant. I was in there about a half an hour while they asked me all kinds of personal questions. I had to report all the law firms where I had worked, the nature of my relationships with any and all of the attorneys , my engagement to a police officer and because we had broken up, did I hate all police officers, blah blah blah. It was pretty intense.

One thing on the jury questionnaire that has always struck me as odd was if you had any bumper stickers on your car and, if so, what did they say. I don't have bumper stickers, but I bet the guy I saw that had one that read "Hoof Arted" would have rethought that purchase after having to discuss it in court.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5224)
Sat, 8th Aug '09 1:14 PM

Wow! Thanks for all the replies....I knew I could count on you. I am a little excited, I want to serve and do my duty, I was reading over the questionnaire and there are some interesting questions. I am going to take a good book and hope I don't have to sit there all day. Thanks for all the advice.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Sat, 8th Aug '09 1:20 PM

I am very fortunate that in this county the jury duty form has a phone number to call the night before you're due to serve to find out whether you still are needed. Both my son a few months ago, and I the first week of June, called and were told we were no longer needed, so no time wasted at all.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Sat, 8th Aug '09 1:21 PM

(And by wasted, I don't mean serving is time wasted. I mean no time wasted sitting and waiting for hours and hours.)

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5224)
Sat, 8th Aug '09 1:25 PM

The letter does have a webpage listed for me to check after 4pm the night before I report, to see if I am still needed.

1mks  (Level: 221.4 - Posts: 5931)
Sat, 8th Aug '09 1:30 PM

I've been on several juries. I found all the cases fascinating except the last one. It was for child molestation and it honestly haunted me for weeks. I hated every moment of that. We did find him one really quibbled about that but then some of the jurors wanted to give him probation. I lost it. I was so angry that I started crying and told them that this was something that I felt very passionately about and that I would sit there until punishment was handed down. I guess they believed me because the next vote was all for it. I don't even remember how long now because it is honestly something that I tried my hardest to forget. The person is now 20 and had children of her own and she still had nightmares. AND her mother refused to testify in her behalf because it was her stepfather that abused her. SO, I hope it is not a case like that. Sorry I rambled and ranted it just made such an impression on me and not exactly in a good way.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4183)
Sat, 8th Aug '09 1:44 PM

My only experience was circa 1977. The charge was against this guy who was growing a bunch of pot on his farm, and he started noticing some guys scoping it out. He laid wait on his property until they were on his land and harvesting his crop. He filled their a@@ses with buckshot. No one was badly hurt. Not guilty.

I had just dropped out of college and was jobless. Was grateful for the 5 dollars and lunch I received.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5224)
Sat, 8th Aug '09 5:09 PM

He shot someone with buckshot and was not guilty? What was the charge?

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4183)
Sat, 8th Aug '09 5:11 PM

They were robbing him, and on his own property.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5224)
Sat, 8th Aug '09 5:13 PM

God Bless America.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4183)
Sat, 8th Aug '09 6:56 PM

He of course, had a case against him re owning pot plants (it was 1977). But that was a different trial. The accused must have had a really crappy lawyer. They looked and acted like criminals. Should have cleaned them up. The defendant was well dressed, and well- spoken. Plus it was his land.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.7 - Posts: 1301)
Sat, 8th Aug '09 11:49 PM

"...but we owed it to the defendant, the system, and to each other, to go over everything, make a timeline, and discuss the evidence presented to us. Tempers flared, people were at each other's throats, attacking them on a personal level when they didn't agree with them. It was awful."

Lodi, I didn't see you in 12 Angry Men. Were you hiding in the restroom?

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Sun, 9th Aug '09 12:53 PM

When I lived in Florida, my roommate had a t-shirt with a cartoon of a guy vibrating in an electric chair and the caption "Fry The B@stard!"

We'd lend it around when our friends got called for jury duty.

No one got picked.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5224)
Sun, 9th Aug '09 1:34 PM


Tuzilla  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 3847)
Sun, 9th Aug '09 2:54 PM

I will reiterate what I said. Do your best to get on the first case possible. Get through it, go home. The option is days, if not weeks of utter boredom in the jury pool room.

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Sun, 9th Aug '09 3:20 PM

Bring a true crime magazine to read while you're waiting ... it will be noticed!!!

Achad  (Level: 213.9 - Posts: 661)
Mon, 10th Aug '09 9:50 AM

If you don't want to serve on a jury just get yourself barred from serving. It worked in my case.

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 9:01 AM

Steve - I'm not sure how I could have gotten myself anywhere with jury selection. In AZ if you are called for Jury Duty it is only a one day commitment (unless you are chosen). You call the night before to see if you are needed. If you are, you arrive and they give you a number. When your number is called you go through a jury selection process. If it's short and you are not chosen, you return to the waiting room. If you are chosen they tell you how long the trial will take; if not chosen you are done and go home.

Either way, chosen or not, your commitment is fulfilled and you can't be called again for 3 years.

Our school district treats jury duty as a school business day (we are not docked a personal day); the court asked if we we would lose pay and if we said no they did not pay us anything. They provided a free parking garage with shuttle service to the court building and a free bus pass for the day if we wanted/needed to take public transportation.

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