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    My mother was recently sent a summons in the post for this. For certain reasons, she's an unsuitable juror as certfied by her GP but it did get me thinking and wanting to know a bit more about it in case I ever get summoned.

    Has anyone here ever spent time on a jury and what can you tell us all about it, any horror stories?


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    I loved my jury duty. It is CT so you spend all day in a room until the lawyers call you in. The one case they had was of a girl who was hit by a car doing a left hand turn that hit her car. She ended up with traumatic brain injury. I knew this walking into the room as I took three classes with in college, knew the full details of her case and even seen her MRIs. I swear to fucking god the defense lawyer said it should not impact the case and was not reason for dismissal. I got dismissed for having acid reflux that makes it hard for me to sit still for long periods of time.
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    • #3
      Re: Jury Duty

      I loved my jury duty. It is CT so you spend all day in a room until the lawyers call you in. The one case they had was of a girl who was hit by a car doing a left hand turn that hit her car. She ended up with traumatic brain injury. I knew this walking into the room as I took three classes with in college, knew the full details of her case and even seen her MRIs. I swear to fucking god the defense lawyer said it should not impact the case and was not reason for dismissal. I got dismissed for having acid reflux that makes it hard for me to sit still for long periods of time.
      Flowers gathered in the morning,
      Afternoon they blossom on,
      Still are withered by the evening:
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      • #4
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        As a lawyer I'm automatically exempt from sitting on juries in NSW. I've only ever sat in on one trial with a jury. They're usually rare here in Australia, at least in NSW. We only have juries in civil cases when it's a defamation case and in criminal cases usually only serious indictable cases.

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        • #5
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          As a lawyer I'm automatically exempt from sitting on juries in NSW. I've only ever sat in on one trial with a jury. They're usually rare here in Australia, at least in NSW. We only have juries in civil cases when it's a defamation case and in criminal cases usually only serious indictable cases.

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          • #6
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            Got summoned twice. I got out of the first one by lying about childcare. Second i got summoned for the local court. It was weird. No case but I was on call for a month. Guess they had cases on Fridays and needed a pool of jurors just in case. First week was cancelled and no cases the rest of the month. Borderline disappointed.

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            • #7
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              Got summoned twice. I got out of the first one by lying about childcare. Second i got summoned for the local court. It was weird. No case but I was on call for a month. Guess they had cases on Fridays and needed a pool of jurors just in case. First week was cancelled and no cases the rest of the month. Borderline disappointed.

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              • #8
                Re: Jury Duty

                I'm not sure how if it works the exact same in the US as the UK but I received the letter telling me when I was to attend court. I dreaded it simply because I'm an anxious person so this was way out of my comfort zone. Anyway, I went for the first three days and didn't get called any of those days but had to phone up every night to see if I was still to attend the following day. This was annoying because I would have to travel there every day and then go home again within an hour and also because I'd phone up hoping I'd be done and then be disappointed when told I had to attend.

                I eventually got picked on the Thursday. I think they can only keep you a week without actually calling you for a case. The waiting around is boring though, I fell asleep more than once when sitting waiting . The case only lasted the Thursday and the Friday and then that was me done for three years. It was interesting in the end up, I wouldn't say I want to do it again but I don't think I'd dread it so much. I'd see it more as an annoyance now than something I am just anxious about attending.

                That said, my case was assault and was at the lesser court so was pretty easy in the end up in terms of experience. I dare say cases of sexual offenders etc would be a lot more harrowing.

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                • #9
                  Re: Jury Duty

                  I'm not sure how if it works the exact same in the US as the UK but I received the letter telling me when I was to attend court. I dreaded it simply because I'm an anxious person so this was way out of my comfort zone. Anyway, I went for the first three days and didn't get called any of those days but had to phone up every night to see if I was still to attend the following day. This was annoying because I would have to travel there every day and then go home again within an hour and also because I'd phone up hoping I'd be done and then be disappointed when told I had to attend.

                  I eventually got picked on the Thursday. I think they can only keep you a week without actually calling you for a case. The waiting around is boring though, I fell asleep more than once when sitting waiting . The case only lasted the Thursday and the Friday and then that was me done for three years. It was interesting in the end up, I wouldn't say I want to do it again but I don't think I'd dread it so much. I'd see it more as an annoyance now than something I am just anxious about attending.

                  That said, my case was assault and was at the lesser court so was pretty easy in the end up in terms of experience. I dare say cases of sexual offenders etc would be a lot more harrowing.

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                  • #10
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                    I have never been on a jury, but did once get a summons, apparently. I had just left Tangipahoa Parish ("parish" being the term Louisiana uses for what most states call "counties") to work in St. Mary Parish. About a month after I moved the landlord (practically a family member from whom I am in the process of buying the house I lived in at the time) let me know that the sheriff had been by asking about me. I also received a similar notification while I was in the Navy from St. Tammany Parish telling me to go to Mandeville, particularly odd as I have never lived in that parish and St. Tammany's seat, as well as its court house, are in Covington, but this turned out to be a poorly executed hoax.
                    If all of mankind minus one were of of one opinion, and only one person of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Jury Duty

                      I have never been on a jury, but did once get a summons, apparently. I had just left Tangipahoa Parish ("parish" being the term Louisiana uses for what most states call "counties") to work in St. Mary Parish. About a month after I moved the landlord (practically a family member from whom I am in the process of buying the house I lived in at the time) let me know that the sheriff had been by asking about me. I also received a similar notification while I was in the Navy from St. Tammany Parish telling me to go to Mandeville, particularly odd as I have never lived in that parish and St. Tammany's seat, as well as its court house, are in Covington, but this turned out to be a poorly executed hoax.
                      If all of mankind minus one were of of one opinion, and only one person of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
                      -John Stuart Mill

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                      • #12
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                        I've received two jury notices. One was over a decade ago. I called the night before as instructed and didn't have to go.

                        Got another one last February. This time I did have to go. Sat in the lobby for a few hours reading before getting called with about 24 other people. Judge questioned a few prospective jurors and dismissed the rest of us once he found the 6 (I think it was) people he needed. I didn't get questioned and went home after being dismissed.

                        It was interesting to see how the system worked but I can't pretend I ever want to go again.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Jury Duty

                          I've received two jury notices. One was over a decade ago. I called the night before as instructed and didn't have to go.

                          Got another one last February. This time I did have to go. Sat in the lobby for a few hours reading before getting called with about 24 other people. Judge questioned a few prospective jurors and dismissed the rest of us once he found the 6 (I think it was) people he needed. I didn't get questioned and went home after being dismissed.

                          It was interesting to see how the system worked but I can't pretend I ever want to go again.

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                          • #14
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                            My grandma was on a cop killer jury that went on for a little while. But she said it was an open and shut case. She also thought everyone was guilty though.

                            No jury duty for me yet. Waiting with baited breath.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Jury Duty

                              My grandma was on a cop killer jury that went on for a little while. But she said it was an open and shut case. She also thought everyone was guilty though.

                              No jury duty for me yet. Waiting with baited breath.

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