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--because I was summoned and I have no idea what to do haha. Tell about your experience. How was it? boring? Is it like Twelve Angry Men? Seems pretty exciting
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FlyinDumpling wrote:
Seems pretty exciting :D


Hahah, it's really not....Now, if You were chosen to be part of any actual large Case - that, I believe may be a bit better. At least more fun...haha. Mostly, its boring...Also remember, Grand jurors aren't there to decide upon guilt or innocence. What the Grand jury is for is to hear and/or view all admitted Evidence, and to eventually determine whether or not there is sufficient enough PROOF in the case as to support an indictment and require the accused to stand trial.

Also, if You want to get out of it, here's a link which has some helpful information!

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Out-of-Jury-Duty

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it sucks i got it they exempted me because 200 ppl showed up but they took 3 hours to do so and you dont get paid if you get exempted its nothing anyways like 16 bucks
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I was excluded from jury duty for being a student in PA. I guess it was decided participating in the judicial process would not benefit my education.
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was in boot camp when i got selected back in '09 lol
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Jury duty varies from state to state, even county to county in the US. Experiences will vary.

Some people try to get out of it because while you are paid (assuming you are selected for actual Jury Duty, most places do not pay while you are waiting in the pool) it is usually quite a bit less than what you would make at work. So unless your employer is the sort to make up the difference on their own, you will likely be losing money unless you can use vacation to cover it. Which is sort of a waste since you are not really on vacation. But usually you get lunch at least out of it al

How interesting it may be is largely determined by the case. Grand Jury duty is different of course, but probably not what you are being called up for. While the larger cases may be more interesting, they can also result in sequestering of the jury which means you will have a roommate who is another juror and you will be sleeping in a hotel somewhere and not allowed any outside contact. Generally that includes TV and the Internet. one can generally request movies and stuff, but only if it does not have to do with the case. The amount of restrictions largely depends on the nature of the case. Even in the case of a normal case, one may be restricted from watching the news at home or accessing the Internet. Doing so may result in anything from simply being kicked off the jury to a contempt charge and/or a mistrial. Or there may be no restrictions at all on the jury. It all depends on the nature of the case. With the more interesting ones generally having more restrictions.

The absolute worst job? Jury Alternate. One has to be there and generally the same restrictions apply to the Alternates, but you are only there in case another Juror gets kicked off or has a medical problem. There may be anywhere from 0 to I have seen as many as 8 alternates. As an alternate you would have the same restrictions generally (but not always, usually sequestration only applies to the paneled jury members) and have to be there every day. But unless you get picked to replace another juror you would be dismissed (with thanks from the Judge) at the end of closing arguments. So you would have to have been there for the whole thing, potentially losing money in the process, and do not even get to participate in the deliberations.

Past that, bring a music player with headphones and either a book / ebook reader and/or a game console on that first day if allowed. Because it gets really boring waiting in the jury pool room waiting to see if you are going to be called up or not.
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Cellory wrote:

Jury duty varies from state to state, even county to county in the US. Experiences will vary.

Some people try to get out of it because while you are paid (assuming you are selected for actual Jury Duty, most places do not pay while you are waiting in the pool) it is usually quite a bit less than what you would make at work. So unless your employer is the sort to make up the difference on their own, you will likely be losing money unless you can use vacation to cover it. Which is sort of a waste since you are not really on vacation. But usually you get lunch at least out of it al

How interesting it may be is largely determined by the case. Grand Jury duty is different of course, but probably not what you are being called up for. While the larger cases may be more interesting, they can also result in sequestering of the jury which means you will have a roommate who is another juror and you will be sleeping in a hotel somewhere and not allowed any outside contact. Generally that includes TV and the Internet. one can generally request movies and stuff, but only if it does not have to do with the case. The amount of restrictions largely depends on the nature of the case. Even in the case of a normal case, one may be restricted from watching the news at home or accessing the Internet. Doing so may result in anything from simply being kicked off the jury to a contempt charge and/or a mistrial. Or there may be no restrictions at all on the jury. It all depends on the nature of the case. With the more interesting ones generally having more restrictions.

The absolute worst job? Jury Alternate. One has to be there and generally the same restrictions apply to the Alternates, but you are only there in case another Juror gets kicked off or has a medical problem. There may be anywhere from 0 to I have seen as many as 8 alternates. As an alternate you would have the same restrictions generally (but not always, usually sequestration only applies to the paneled jury members) and have to be there every day. But unless you get picked to replace another juror you would be dismissed (with thanks from the Judge) at the end of closing arguments. So you would have to have been there for the whole thing, potentially losing money in the process, and do not even get to participate in the deliberations.

Past that, bring a music player with headphones and either a book / ebook reader and/or a game console on that first day if allowed. Because it gets really boring waiting in the jury pool room waiting to see if you are going to be called up or not.


Pretty fine summation right here.
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Its not that fun, I got a jury summons for both the county and city before. The county I got dismissed petty fast since they had a lot people show up they dismissed the people who showed up early. The city it took like 2.5 to 3 hours before I got dismissed because of where I work the defense attorney didn't want me on the jury.
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My go to excuse for Jury Duty is, "I can't judge other people because it's against my religion," works every time.
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I just had a jury duty last month. It such a bad ass.
We were nailing a crooked cop. We got tons of evidences and witnesses.
Audios, videos, FBIs, AT&T satellite tower experts, company representatives, undercover cops,


The only thing I did not like were the seats in the juror section.
They were squeaky and they did not really support my back that good.


If I don't like to serve jury duty, I have a really good and legit excuse not to do it.

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Posted 5/21/14 , edited 5/21/14
When I did jury duty it was boring I sat there for hours and hours waiting to hopefully get called in but nope never did longest day ever. What also made it worse their A/C was out and their wifi was out too so i did nothing but sit there for the longest!!! Only did it once and haven't got called since and that was back 2010
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Posted 5/21/14

FlyinDumpling wrote:

--because I was summoned and I have no idea what to do haha. Tell about your experience. How was it? boring? Is it like Twelve Angry Men? Seems pretty exciting :D


11 angry man, 12 including yourself.
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I was summoned. Went to the place, waited all day, got called into a case to be told they may need us for up to 3 weeks. People went one at a time up to the Judge to explain why they couldn't go for up to 3 weeks, myself included. My reason? My company only paid me for up to 1 week of Jury Duty & I'm the sole income in my family (my wife is a SAHM and we have 2 kids at home). Judge said it made sense and dismissed me.

That was after sitting around until 1:00 PM reading all day.
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Posted 5/21/14
I got summoned and dismissed, they needed for like 2 or 3 weeks I think, I just explained I had a handicapped sister, and a signed form from my sisters social worker confirming she was actually handicapped, and that I couldn't be away for more than just that day because I was needed to care for her.

I got lucky though it seemed, went in and right back out practically.
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