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I had one for the last week in November. I was able to get excused out of it, because I didn't live in the county that it was in.

My city, is split into two counties, via the highway. So the west side of the highway is one county, and the east side is another county. The county that had jury duty, was on the east side, while I live on the west side.
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I was summoned once, but didn't get called to be a juror. The judge would call someone up and they would be asked questions basically seeing if their capable of taking on the task. Damn, that was long. When the seats were filled, the lawyer being there for the defendant HAD to ask a new round of question to 'get to know' the selected jurors. Get this; it was about sports. What the hell does that have to do with the case?! Anyway, after a couple of hours anyone who wasn't selected (including me) were let go. I felt that whole process shouldn't have taken as long as it did.
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In Los Angeles County, you get those annually, now. And you can't get out of it. You're only hope is that on that one day, they don't pick you to go to a trial. If by 5:00 PM, they haven't picked you, then you're done with jury duty for the year.

If they do pick you, then you got to be on duty for the duration of that trial, but if you got one of them jobs that don't pay you while on jury duty, they'll excuse you and send you back to the jury pool. They do that for those supper long trials that could take weeks or months to go through.
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izunadrop27 wrote:

I was summoned once, but didn't get called to be a juror. The judge would call someone up and they would be asked questions basically seeing if their capable of taking on the task. Damn, that was long. When the seats were filled, the lawyer being there for the defendant HAD to ask a new round of question to 'get to know' the selected jurors. Get this; it was about sports. What the hell does that have to do with the case?! Anyway, after a couple of hours anyone who wasn't selected (including me) were let go. I felt that whole process shouldn't have taken as long as it did.


Repeat after me: billable hours

Generally the jury pool is large so there is hopefully a good cross section of people to choose from.

Jury selection is a slow process, so don't be surprised if you spend the entire day waiting to be selected, and it's always possible to be dismissed at any time.

Both the prosecuting attorney and the defense attorney will sift the jury in an attempt to gain groups that are sympathetic, or at least relatively unbiased. If you go through the selection process, be truthful in your responses to any questions.

One other note: You'll be compensated for your time, but it probably won't match your regular employment wage. Some employers allow you to keep the compensation, others require you to turn it in (if you're a salaried employee for instance).
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Got two notices in the past. First one I got out of due to college although the second I couldn't even though I was in grad school. I ended up getting assigned to the second most disliked court in the county, actually got called. Once we were all in a room the judge asked us certain question that might affect judgement on the case. They eventually began to dismiss people until the chosen remained and I was in the chosen group.

Two days in a courtroom for a case that should've lasted a day or should've ended up with a traffic ticket and not even be in court. Mainly because the defense attorney was being dumb to the point that even the judge seemed quite annoyed at the constant attempts of objections. The deliberations took over an hour. Oh and the food they served us I was pretty sure were the leftovers from the jailhouse cause its right across the street to the courthouse.

Upside I suppose is that for the 3 days I spent there, I bought a wig for cosplay and the the courthouse allows jurors to bring their phones to kill time provided they don't blab about the cases.
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Dogempire wrote:

I'm exempt from jury duty because I know of this one power jurors have that judges and lawyers don't want you to know about. So if you basically say that you know about so and so power you're basically exempt from serving on a jury.

Sheesh that first sentence sounded clickbaity.

I'm sure you still have to do everything leading up to the jury election process, but yeah, you can just say you know about it and you'll probably be exempted.

Anyways, I'm not a legal expert so I can't talk about why jurors who know about it are disallowed, but yeah, it's a thing that exists and you're not supposed to talk about.





Lol, that was clickbaity as hell. Actually, though, I know what you're talking about, and we probably heard about it from the same video. Have you ever tested it?

As for why, the idea is just about rule of law. If you refuse to sentence someone according to the law, that's a problem.
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For me, both times, I was given a summons but was given a number an was told to check the website to see if my section was called in. Both times my section didn't have to go in.

If you want to get out of jury duty, when they start questioning you just say jury nullification. They'll kick you out.
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runec wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:
My guess a petit juror summons is similar to a regular juror summons.


Petit just means petty. Its just a fancy name for a regular juror hearing a standard criminal/civil case. As opposed to a grand juror.

You need to hit level 5 before you rank up to a grand juror ;p



Actually, "petit" is French for small, "grand" is the same for large. Basically, it's about the size of the juries. The large jury to hand down indictments, the small to actually try the case.
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I was called to jury twice, once in 2012 and again in 2014. Both times I was a full-time employee plus full-time student at college. I called the jury selection people and they said that is fine, they will find someone else to take my spot. If you're in college (full-time), it is an instant way to be excused from jury duty, just let them know and you will be excused. Make sure you get official notice that you are excused though or they may issue a warrant for your arrest for you ignoring a summon for jury duty. Other ways to escape jury duty is proof of some event that was planned before you were called for jury duty in which you will not be in town for (i.e. trip to Florida you paid for 6 months ago and it just so happens to be at the time they call you for jury duty). The jury duty selection people are usually decent to explain a situation to. If you don't have anything going on and are just working day to day, they won't excuse you, but if you have a legitimate reason you can't show, they will work with you.
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I don't understand your fear about talking about 'jury nullification.' Its something which every American should know, a Judge cannot punish you for your verdict. Anyways it is not something that you should have fear about talking about. This is just something a judge or lawyer will probably not tell you because its a means of power for the layman.
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umrguy42 wrote:
Actually, "petit" is French for small, "grand" is the same for large. Basically, it's about the size of the juries. The large jury to hand down indictments, the small to actually try the case.


I am aware of what it is in French. I am Canadian after all. Petty as a word is derived from petit. However, petit has a specific legal definition. Which is petty.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petit

TL;DR: You're not wrong but neither am I. You're just arguing semantics.
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First time back in early 1990's I received a jury summons. Called the obligatory number and appeared at a large waiting area with 99 other individuals at the appointed day and time where we sat and mingled for 2 hours before 2 lawyers appeared and exclaimed the truck line settled out of court, we can all go home, don't expect to be called within next 24 months. Fine, works for me I guess.

Second time was two years ago I received a summons suggesting I either call the given number at certain times to see if my presence would be needed or do I have some reason I should be exempted. I perused the reasons that would qualify exempt status. Since I didn't fit any of those posted criteria in writing I politely informed the reader that I had been incarcerated briefly over 2 decades ago in a west Texas metropolitan area city jail before assembling enough capital to post bond the following weekday. The brief 20 hours' time spent there I managed to observe what law enforcement really does compared to what I had perceived over time I thought they did when I was a "free" individual devoid of a record. (Never did get a court date either after being released on bond). Not that I was trying to ask exemption I felt it my duty to inform the court reader that unless the crime being examined is heinous the probability of my siding with the defense attorney on any thing less will be 100% at worst.

I did not get called to come in for this trial. And I have not been called for anything since.
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i remember when i got my first summons never went
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Had my first and only one I think back in 2015. Just like everyone else said long and boring for the waiting process, when my number was called to be asked questions by the lawyers and judge I simply said "I personally feel that when you sign a from for surgery that's states things can go wrong and they do you should have no right to sue the doctors." I've had plenty of family go through surgerys and that is the sad part about them, they can go wrong. Judge asked "so you've made up your mind already?" I said yes and that was that.
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Seems like everyone I know is getting summoned... I wonder if it's a sign? *shudders*

I got summoned last year. My anxiety about it was so bad, I was actually THOROUGHLY researching ways to get out of it. Buuuut then my number was never called for me to go in. I bet it would have been an interesting experience... Damn my social anxiety.

Almost everyone I know said it was boring. But my dad said it was a cool experience. It probably depends on the case. Hopefully your experience is somewhat fruitful! ^_^
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