Post Reply How do I prepare myself for this Juror Summons tomorrow?
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I got a Pettie Juror Summons tomorrow and I am a little bit unsure what to do. What are your thoughts?
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Not sure what you would need to do to "prepare". It isn't all that complicated. It probably is best not to go in looking like a slob, but shy of that there isn't much to it. You go in, sit around until they direct you into court rooms, maybe get picked as a potential jurer for one of them, where they ask you a number or questions, might get actually kept as a jurer and have to serve on a trial, otherwise you get sent home, service done (unless you have to come back later in the week).
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ishe5555 wrote:

Not sure what you would need to do to "prepare". It isn't all that complicated. It probably is best not to go in looking like a slob, but shy of that there isn't much to it. You go in, sit around until they direct you into court rooms, maybe get picked as a potential jurer for one of them, where they ask you a number or questions, might get actually kept as a jurer and have to serve on a trial, otherwise you get sent home, service done (unless you have to come back later in the week).


Alrighty then.
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Not much to do, I'd take a shower and make sure you have a clean set of clothes on. But it's nothing big, unless you actually get selected. I'd also make sure you're awake some of the questions they ask can come right out left field.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Alrighty then.


One thing you would want to do, but wasn't mentioned because it is obvious is let your employer (if you have one) know. Employers, from my experience, are very understanding of the situation. The other thing is to bring something to occupy the time while waiting around, smart phone/tablet, a book, something.
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ishe5555 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Alrighty then.


One thing you would want to do, but wasn't mentioned because it is obvious is let your employer (if you have one) know. Employers, from my experience, are very understanding of the situation. The other thing is to bring something to occupy the time while waiting around, smart phone/tablet, a book, something.


Thanks for that.
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ishe5555 wrote:

Not sure what you would need to do to "prepare". It isn't all that complicated. It probably is best not to go in looking like a slob, but shy of that there isn't much to it. You go in, sit around until they direct you into court rooms, maybe get picked as a potential jurer for one of them, where they ask you a number or questions, might get actually kept as a jurer and have to serve on a trial, otherwise you get sent home, service done (unless you have to come back later in the week).


I'd add two cents, but this pretty much sums it up.

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Lots of waiting. But if ur on small claims court, maybe not so much, depending where u live. In either case, assume u gonna wait 2+ hours doing nothing before ur selected to a jury pool. Perhaps, some CR anime?


Me did a 2-week civil trial once several years ago. Is great....
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qualeshia3 wrote:

I got a Pettie Juror Summons tomorrow and I am a little bit unsure what to do. What are your thoughts?


Didn't you already ask this when you first got the notice? Anyway, I can't find that thread offhand, so I'm leaving this open. However, I have moved it to Advice, Info, Recommendations. You know better than to post personal threads in General Discussion, and that fact that it gets high traffic is not an appropriate reason for starting such threads there anyway.

As others have said, they do a pretty good job of "hand holding" once you are there, letting you know clearly where to be and what to do and when.

To prepare ahead of time -- leave early enough to get there on time. Plan to get there a little early.

Bring something to keep you occupied. I like having a book to read, but that might not be a good option for you since I get the impression you don't read much. If you are generally happy just sitting and people-watching, that might be enough, but most people are just going to be sitting around being boring and trying to not to be bored.

Once you are there, just stay alert and pay attention and follow instructions.
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Also, if anyone's ever in a position to get it postponed... get it postponed to August. Nothing happens in August (at least in New York State), so you're very likely not to get picked if you get it moved to August.
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Dress professionally, or casual professionally, and be on time. Bring the juror summons with you. Give yourself extra time, because you got to go through a long metal detector line.

Bring a book to read, or your smart phone, so that you can watch anime on it. If you wear earbuds while watching anime on your smart phone, only use one earbud. You don't want to miss when they give instructions, or call your name.
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Expect to be there for hours (six or seven) and plan accordingly. Don't try to scheme a way out of it, just go and get it over with.
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