Why me!!

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    Feb 13, 2010 12:27 AM GMT
    I just got summoned for jury duty! ughh what the hell! icon_eek.gif

    This is going to be my first time being summoned for jury duty. I've heard nothing but bad things from other people that have been summoned.

    Does anyone have any tips or tricks to pass the damn time?!
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    Feb 13, 2010 12:29 AM GMT
    Eh, you'll probably just get dismissed anyways.
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    Feb 13, 2010 12:30 AM GMT
    Ooo, just tell them your majoring in psychology. That's a very quick dismissal.
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    Feb 13, 2010 12:31 AM GMT
    At least you didn't get summoned to join the army and be assigned overseas to either Iraq or Afganistan. Not that anything is wrong with that but look on the bright side.
  • drypin

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    Feb 13, 2010 12:33 AM GMT
    If that's the worst thing that happens in your life, then smile, kick back, take a deep breath and relax. Your all set.
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    Feb 13, 2010 12:35 AM GMT
    Ashley80 saidAt least you didn't get summoned to join the army and be assigned overseas to either Iraq or Afganistan. Not that anything is wrong with that but look on the bright side.


    Yes! that is true!


    But I have to be there all day and what should I do to make time fly?!

    any ideas?
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    Feb 13, 2010 12:50 AM GMT
    Sometimes you are dismissed before you even go to attend jury duty. I was dismissed for two years. Just tell them every thing they don't want to hear.
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    Feb 13, 2010 12:53 AM GMT
    As long as you are gettin' paid for iticon_biggrin.gif

    It's been years since I have been summoned. I know here in L.A., one day served and that's it. If you're not pick, you are otta there. It use to be one weekicon_neutral.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    Check your state law about whether your employer can deduct your jury pay from your wages. In VA, the employer must pay you your days wages and cannot deduct the amount you get from jury duty.

    The high falutin lawyer at a large corporation where I worked try tried to argue me out of my pay and told me he knew more about the law than I did.

    I just did what the jury custodian at the courthouse said. Gave him the custodians number and that was the last I heard of that.
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    Feb 13, 2010 1:36 AM GMT
    or why not do your civic duty with a little happiness and enjoy the process..
  • Iluros

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    Feb 13, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidor why not do your civic duty with a little happiness and enjoy the process..


    This.

    Why is it what we expect for ourselves, we are hesitant in giving others? If I was ever called to jury duty, sure it would be an inconvenience, but if I'm ever on trial I sure as hell expect to have a jury of my peers at court.
  • hikerC

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    Feb 13, 2010 1:42 AM GMT
    Enjoy it!! I got summoned last spring, and I was dreading it too. I got chosen to sit on the jury and it turned out to be a great experience!! Just like being on an episode of Law and Order. I was fascinated by the whole process, right from selection to delivering the verdict. I would do it again in a heartbeat!! Very, very cool! icon_biggrin.gif
  • hikerC

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    Feb 13, 2010 1:47 AM GMT
    About making the time fly, I brought my Nintendo DS with me, but ended up meeting people and talking to them instead. Lots of people brought books and spent the time texting. You are so lucky!
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    Feb 13, 2010 1:50 AM GMT
    dont be such a queen icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 1:51 AM GMT
    I got summoned many times but I didn't go until somebody told me I would be arrested or pay fine. I spent my damn boring day
  • Anto

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    Feb 13, 2010 1:51 AM GMT
    People shouldn't be forced into jury duty.
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    Feb 13, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    Anto saidPeople shouldn't be forced into jury duty.


    It's a rather small price we pay for living in a country with a working justice system.
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    Feb 13, 2010 2:11 AM GMT
    Try this:


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    Feb 13, 2010 2:15 AM GMT
    Anto saidPeople shouldn't be forced into jury duty.

    People are forced into jury duty for very good reasons. To make the process fair to all, the jury is supposed to represent a cross section of the community. If jury duty were voluntary the jury wouldn't be a cross section of the community. Juries would be made up of 1) bored retired people and 2) people willing to take time off from work because they have some HUGE axe to grind.
    If your money or your innocence were at stake you wouldn't want your fate to be in the hands of the axe-to-grind people.

  • Anto

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    Feb 13, 2010 2:30 AM GMT
    It's a rather small price we pay for living in a country with a working justice system.

    What do you mean small price? The government shouldn't force people to into the system like that. It's wrong.
  • Iluros

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    Feb 13, 2010 2:35 AM GMT
    Anto saidIt's a rather small price we pay for living in a country with a working justice system.

    What do you mean small price? The government shouldn't force people to into the system like that. It's wrong.


    How do you propose assembling a fair representation of the community to serve as a jury?
  • madrunner76

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    Feb 13, 2010 2:48 AM GMT
    I just finished three days of jury duty this week. It was my first time, and I was initially frustrated about the inconvenience of having to go, the uncertainty of the time commitment, the extra work of having to make sub plans for school (I'm a teacher).

    However, I have to say that having done it, I found it to be an interesting and enlightening experience. It was a lengthy process - three whole days, not finishing deliberations until 9pm of the third day - and I can't imagine being on an even longer case. But the courthouse here has free wireless for when we were waiting to be called for selection or when we were on a lunch break. Like someone else posted above, a lot of us ended up talking and getting to know each other during the down time.

    I think that if you go into it with a relatively open mind, you'll find it to be not too bad, hopefully even interesting. Granted, my case was a pretty dramatic criminal case with expert witnesses testifying about DNA evidence and strangulation, and even a collective "gasp" moment throughout the courtroom when the cornerstone argument of the defense's case crumbled. (The translator for the victim realized that the victim's original statements to the police about having "bit" his attacker were actually him saying he "beat" his attacker. Therefore the absence of the victim's DNA on the attacker's shirt sleeve was not in fact proof of the defendant's innocence.)

    Good luck!
  • Anto

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    Feb 13, 2010 2:48 AM GMT
    TexDef07 said
    People are forced into jury duty for very good reasons. To make the process fair to all, the jury is supposed to represent a cross section of the community. If jury duty were voluntary the jury wouldn't be a cross section of the community. Juries would be made up of 1) bored retired people and 2) people willing to take time off from work because they have some HUGE axe to grind.
    If your money or your innocence were at stake you wouldn't want your fate to be in the hands of the axe-to-grind people.


    I don't see how forcing people to be a part of something they might not want to be part of as leading to quality discernment or judgment. Would you want a jury of people who hate having to be there and might be wanting to get it over with as soon as possible deciding your fate?

    I find the legal system pretty scary personally. I hope I never have to be subject to it. It seems to me it's about money and who can be manipulated the most successfully.
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    Feb 13, 2010 2:59 AM GMT
    Anto said I don't see how forcing people to be a part of something they might not want to be part of as leading to quality discernment or judgment. Would you want a jury of people who hate having to be there and might be wanting to get it over with as soon as possible deciding your fate?

    As a trial lawyer I work with juries all the time. At the beginning of the trial a panel of about 60 possible jurors comes in and the judge and both lawyers ask them questions about their opinions re issues in the trial.
    Almost all of them hate having to be there. But most of them understand why it's necessary. They understand that someday it might be them having their fate decided.
    After the trial I always talk to them about their jury service. With few exceptions they say they take their role seriously and find the experience rewarding.

    As a gay male you are part of a demographic that needs to be better represented on our juries. What if you get assigned to a case involving gay-bashing or employment discrimination? You should be honored that you have a chance to give justice to someone who won't get it without someone like you sitting in judgment.
  • Anto

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    Feb 13, 2010 2:59 AM GMT
    Iluros said
    How do you propose assembling a fair representation of the community to serve as a jury?


    I find the idea of people deciding my fate scary in and of itself. The fact that there is concern about 'fairness' in picking only exemplifies why that fear exists, much less putting people in place who may not want to be there because they were forced to be.

    That's just one part of what makes the whole process scary.