Jury Duty!! Anyone have experience??

  1. *Guess who* got called for jury duty.....I have a few questions:

    Anybody ever sit on a jury?

    Did your facility pay you for your service?

    What did you think of the experience?
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  3. by   Glad2behere
    They're GUILTY!

    Actually, once you get past the very boring jury selection process it can be a lot of fun. The information presented in court leaves you with a feeling that the whole process is grossly inadequate, and begs from you somekind of resolution, and it is very numbing when it is finally realized that is why you are there...to resolve this situation...get the ibby-jibbys bad...and lots of butterflies.
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    My wife just got off jury duty - 3 months worth!
    She had to call every night to see if she would have to serve or not. All trials were one day affairs and she had to commute 60 miles one way and some days the trial were called off due to plea bargaining or whatever.
    She got no money from her work (she's not a nurse) but did get paid minimum wage plus milage. Or at least she is SUPPOSED to get it. They told her to expect payment 90 days from after her last trial and that was the week before Christmas. We'll see.
  5. by   nursegoodguy
    Wow Russell... I'd be bankrupt and living on the streets if that happened to me!
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    It DOES hurt a bit but what can you do?
    If you refuse they can hit you with contempt.
  7. by   Sleepyeyes
    3 months!! AAAAAccck!!

    at a different job, I would've welcomed it with open arms, but I really like going to this job every day....

    so I'm really torn about wanting to do this--

    On the one hand, I've always wanted to be in a jury. On the other hand, missing work, being sequestered and not being able to watch the news or play with hubs, or whatever, doesn't sound like fun.
    Before leaving the states one of the last services I did for my community was serve on a jury. I tried everything but having a seizure to get out of it.Needless to say there I sat . It was a drug case of yeah. It was long and drawn out and basically ended in a hung jury. It lasted 2 weeks and I got paid through the court system my work didnt cover me because they were nice enough to schedule me for another shift on the weekends if need be. How nice of them oh yeah. The check came well it was as funny as the trial I was at.
    Just go in and have a seizure maybe you can get out of it.
  9. by   Sleepyeyes
    Happily, my employer will pay me base rate...
  10. by   prmenrs
    It varies a lot from state to state as to how much/long you have to serve, and how much the state/court has to pay you. It also varies a lot as to what will get you out of it.

    The 1st time I got called, it was for 10 days, they paid $5 A DAY!!!, and I didn't turn in my time right for work, so I got gypped there, too.

    The next time, it was for 5 days, but still only $5/day.

    Now, it's one day or one case, whichever comes 1st, they pay $10/day. If you don't serve on a jury (get "impaneled"), they can call you back in a year, if you do, it's 3 years before they can call you again.

    I got called in June, which would have been impossible this year, all I did was call in to a recording machine, tell 'em why I couldn't serve, and they didn't call me to tell me, get in here anyway, so I guess I'm ok for now.

    When I first heard of the one day/one trial thing, I thought it was the best idea since sliced bread! I'm glad they started it in CA.

    I did sit on one trial, got questioned but excused for another, mostly just sat around feeling annoyed and sorry for myself the other times I had to serve. It can be very interesting, it can also be VERY boring. Those lawyers really like to hear themselves talk. And the concept of 25 words or less has never crossed their minds.

    If your facility pays you, be sure you keep careful track of the time you are at the courthouse. If they have a time clock, use it!!! If they have you come in late, or leave early, call your boss and ask if you can come to work, or use some paid leave--make sure you get all the hours you're supposed to have, either at court or at work. If it's downtown, try to use public transportation to get there, so the parking doesn't cost you a fortune. Bring a good book, crossword puzzle, etc., so if you have to wait to go to a courtroom, you don't have to watch soap operas or Jerry Springer. Be on your best behavior. Wear comfortable shoes. And don't be surprised at some of the inane stuff that gets taken to court!
  11. by   jemb
    I sat on a jury last year. The court paid some nominal amount for mileage, and a few bucks/day. My employer will pay for four weeks jury duty, so financially it was okay, but the drive was longer and earlier than I was used to. It was a drug case, and I actually enjoyed it once the trial got underway. The trial lasted four days, and deliberations for a day and a half.

    I don't think you have to worry about being sequestered, or not being able to read newspaper or watch tv unless it is a very high profile case. We were just instructed not to discuss the case with anyone, not to drive to the crime scene, and not to read or view anything that might appear in the news about that case in particular. Even the jury for the San Diego case of Danielle Van Dam was not sequestered. The OJ Simpson case jury a few years back was .

    So go have a new experience while you help the "justice"system work.
  12. by   cbs3143
    I've been on jury duty about eight times now, but have only been on two juries. One was a criminal trial and the other was a civil trial. My state used to call people for three month terms, with the jury pool being divided into three to four groups. We had to check the Sunday paper to see if our group had to report for duty that week or not. All of the juries were selected on Tuesday. If you weren't selected, you had to check the next Sunday to see if you needed to return the following Tuesday. That went on for three months.

    The state changed the system and now when called, we only show up for one day. If you don't get selected for a jury, you're free for three years.

    If you are actually selected for a jury, make sure to bring a book with you as you will spend a lot of time in the jury room as opposed to the jury box. It seemed like every half hour or so the lawyers and the judge needed to have a discussion outside the presence of the jury, and we'd be sequestered in the jury room for up to two hours while they argued legal points. It was an interesting experience though, both the criminal and civil cases.

    My hospital paid me my regular wage for doing my civic duty.

    My wife used to complain that she never got called for jury duty, and last year she got her wish. I don't think she wants to go back though. Once was enough. My daughter, who lives in another state, has been called twice and we keep telling them she doesn't live here anymore. My son in Brazil was recently excused from jury duty. I guess they didn't want to pay his 10,000 mile round trip mileage.

  13. by   Audreyfay
    Try this one. If you get selected for the jury, the lawyers always got through each jury member to check for any biases. I was hoping I wouldn't get selected...I was the first one. I had too many places to go and too much to do (including my daughter's birthday party that day! At 8 years old, they don't understand if it has to be canceled!) It was a case of an elderly gentleman who got drunk at the bar and exposed himself to the worker. My mother had been called for a similar case. She used this one: "I have deep religious convictions against......" They will ask you if you think you can still give a fair judgment. Say, "I'll do my best." They'll ask you the question over again. Say "I think so." I was the first one replaced on my jury. My mom was the third person replaced on her jury. (Course, you need to tell the truth..in my case at that time, it was.) That was my only experience. But, have fun and enjoy watching our "justice system" in action.
  14. by   Sleepyeyes
    Wow, thanks for sharing your experiences---and others are welcome; I'm reading your responses with great interest.

    I'm still waffling-- i keep having this nightmare-type thought that i'll get in there, get selected, and in will walk the defendant, who turns out to be a long-lost relative....