Jury Duty

This week I spent the first 1 1/2 days on a jury panel being questioned so that the formal jury could be formed. This being a murder trial, there were eight rows (of ten seats) in all. I was #67 out of 80. It was interesting to see how the potential jurors answered the questions, especially about their occupations and high schools graduated from.Not chosen, I came home Tuesday afternoon instead of spending the next 2-3 weeks in a courtroom.

With this on my mind, as well as a jury notice for Federal Court for November 4, I am wondering about your experience(s) with jury duty.

1. Have you been called to jury duty? How many times? Did you excuse yourself or show up at the courthouse?

2. What were the results of your call to jury duty?

3. What does your state base its candidates’ list from?

4. Have you ever served on a jury? What was that like?

5. Have you ever had a jury summons to a U. S. Court? What was it like?

**This is an early FF, because I will be out of computer range for most of the morning. I hope you’ll play! Please share your experiences on your blog and leave your blog address in the comments section.

7 thoughts on “Friday Five: Jury Duty!

  1. I don’t have much to offer for this one. I’ve been called twice and never even made it as far as the courtroom. I just sat in the “holding pen” reading a book. One time it was for 4 hours, and once it was for 6.5 hours. I believe Maryland cultivates its juror lists from registered voters. I’m due to get a letter soon.

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  2. I was called once and had to reschedule. I chose Thanksgiving week — courts closed Th & Fr so the judges weren’t doing complicated stuff. I didn’t get called to a case.

    OTOH my mother was called several times after she retired. She was willing to go to the Cook County court (downtown Chicago). She said she enjoyed the experience and was happy to do her civic duty,

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