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    Unhappy Jury Duty

    Got Letter Other Day Jury Duty Anybody Know What To Expect??


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    An experience you will never forget. However, take something to read, it could be a long day.
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    I can tell you what it's like in NY...

    First, no CCW! Leave it home.

    You will probably be ushered in the courtroom with many other prospective jurors. Then there is a brief speech by the court clerk or judge as to procedure. They then spin a "bingo drum" or other random generator and select the lucky 12.

    If you are called, then you will probably be seated right away for a trial. If you are not called, and depending on how busy the docket is, you will either be released from service, or required to return the next day.

    I assume you are being called for a standard jury, and not the Grand Jury, which is a totally different procedure.

    Hope this helps.
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    standard duty thanks for info bring old guns&ammo to read.

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    If you have a laptop computer.. bring it along. Most courts have WiFi.

    So you can sit and wait and post to DC.com at the same time!
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    I have been on jury duty several times and TV it ain't. Everyone needs to have to sit in on a few different cases to open their eyes to reality. You won't believe how slowly the wheels of justice turn and most people who make the comments about a jury is composed of people too dumb to get out of jury duty. It can be fun and it certainly educational but mostly boring.

    Look at it as an educational experience and you will be fine.

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    Take one of Rush Limbaughs books with you to read.
    They will send you right home.
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    I wouldn't want to make a "career" out of it, but I think that serving on a jury at least once is good experience. You get a close-up look and front row seat at our judicial system at work.

    I've testified against quite a few BG's in criminal cases, and have been on the jury for two civil trials.

    Around here, about 200 people are sent letters to appear on a certain date. We all gathered in an empty courtroom waiting on the jury selection process to begin. Initially the jury box is filled with prisoners who are awaiting trial, they get a first-hand look at their potential peers who have been called in for jury duty. We don't look particularly happy, and the prisoners sense that. The prisoners suddenly decide to work out something with the DA and avoid a jury trial.

    As the jury selection begins, names are chosen at random and people are temporarily seated while each lawyer has a chance to ask each potential juror questions about their views and the upcoming case. Just answer honestly. Some people are dismissed and some chosen until they reach the magic number. If selected your trial may begin after a short recess and you'll begin listening to your case. The lawyers present their case to you, since you are the "judge". When they've finished, the judge will read deliberation instructions to the jury, then you all get together privately to make a decision. You'll be given some written forms to fill out for the decisions you need to make.

    At some point the judge will dismiss you from your jury duty and you'll be free to go home. I doubt if you'll be sequestered, but you will be advised to not talk about the case at home, etc.

    BTW, there are some circumstances that the judge will excuse you from serving. Of course they are all on a case-by-case basis. I remember my daughter was away at college and it would have affected her education to come home during school and miss a week of studies. I called the judge on her behalf and he excused her. I knew the judge personally and he believed what I told him, I didn't have to provide any college enrollment data for him. Don't try to smooth talk your way out of jury duty though, he's probably heard every excuse known to man.

    Good luck, and like previous advice, bring something to read. Dressing nice is always appropriate too. I wore a button shirt, casual pants, leather shoes.

    Hopefully some of our lawyer-members will chime in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Take one of Rush Limbaughs books with you to read.
    They will send you right home.
    That's very funny. It would be interesting to start a list of books that could possibly keep you out of Jury Duty.

    I remember, many years ago, I when I was studying for my Pilot's Certificate, I went on a commercial flight and had one of my textbooks with me... "Common Errors that Pilots Make". Someone noticed the book and called security (they thought I was a threat), and I was pulled out of the waiting room, scanned from head to toe, and (very nearly) strip searched.

    So maybe it's better that you don't bring certain books to the courthouse!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FN1910 View Post
    I have been on jury duty several times and TV it ain't. Everyone needs to have to sit in on a few different cases to open their eyes to reality. You won't believe how slowly the wheels of justice turn and most people who make the comments about a jury is composed of people too dumb to get out of jury duty. It can be fun and it certainly educational but mostly boring.

    Look at it as an educational experience and you will be fine.
    Sounds about right.
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    If you want to get out of it...

    just ask them what their stance on Jury Nullification is...

    they will turn red, get bugeyed,mumble something incoherent and then have you escorted out of the courtroom...
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    You have to be able to "understand English".... just walk in and say "Sprechen sie nicht English". Or , say it in Spanish .. that works too. One guy who was Mexican and spoke perfect English, but when they said that... suddenly he didn't know any English , and they released him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonInNY View Post
    That's very funny. It would be interesting to start a list of books that could possibly keep you out of Jury Duty.
    No. You still get the duty to sit all day, (or however long it is in your jurisdiction) go through Voir Dire, which can be down right personal, back to waiting, back to Voir Dire, ....
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    A letter sent first-class never reached me. Who needs to respond to that? You cannot possibly be in trouble for not reporting if not verified recieved(i.e. certified). Why do you people go to jury duty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by surprise View Post
    A letter sent first-class never reached me. Who needs to respond to that? You cannot possibly be in trouble for not reporting if not verified recieved(i.e. certified). Why do you people go to jury duty?
    You are kidding right?!

    Not speaking for local trials, but in the federal circuit court, you fail to show up, and the judge sends the Mashals to pick you up from your home or work - wherever they find you. I've seen it happen. Ignore the summons at your own peril.

    Jury Duty is a civic obligation, a duty. How would you feel if you were on trial for self defense and had to accept trial by judge rather than jury because...everyone wanted to shirk their jury duty?

    Many people today are whining about their freedoms and the loss of their rights, but then we have a collection of posts on this board of all places, that encourages getting out of jury duty. SICK.

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