How common IS jury duty?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Have you ever actually had to SERVE jury duty?
    No (I'm under 18). : (1 votes)
    0 %
    No, but I've been sent a summons. : (79 votes)
    36 %
    No, and I'm over 18 (never been sent a summons). : (79 votes)
    36 %
    Yes, I have. : (24 votes)
    11 %
    Yes, I have... more than once. : (28 votes)
    13 %
    Other? : (4 votes)
    2 %
    I live outside of the U.S./My country does not have jury duty. : (5 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    490 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’ve only been summoned once and I ended up getting picked for the jury.  Here, they can summon you again after two years, but it’s been about five and I haven’t gotten another one yet.  Hopefully I don’t get called again.

    I’ve only had one friend get summoned for jury duty and he wasn’t selected.

    Post # 4
    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Funny you posted this since I’m serving jury Duty this week! Lol

    It’s totally random – this is my 2nd summons in 2 yrs but FI has never been called! 

    Post # 5
    4163 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    Totally depends where you live. I’m in an urban city, so I usually get a summons every two years, and have been called at least 4 times (never picked for a jury.) My Mom who lives in a more rural area has gotten it once or twice in her life.

    Post # 6
    6457 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I was called once when I was 20 but the case was resolved so I didn’t actually serve. I’m actually on call this week (24 years old) but I haven’t gotten called in yet.

    Most of my friends served before they were 22.

    Post # 7
    2118 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I got summoned a few months ago. The night before I was supposed to show up, I got an email saying they didn’t need me. Because I didn’t actually have to show up, I could still be summoned again at any time (in our state, if you do show up and/or have to serve, you can only be summoned again after 2 years).

    FI just got summoned a few weeks ago, but in his home state where he no longer resides. He had to send something in showing that he doesn’t live there anymore and they accepted that, so he didn’t actually have to show up, either.

    We’re both 25 and this is the first time we’ve been summoned. Neither of my parents have ever been summoned, and they’re in their 50s.

    Post # 8
    4893 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’ve been called multiple times. Only served once (traffic court). That was lame. I am one of the few that really want to serve on a jury! I think that’s why I don’t get picked – I look way too eager. Tongue Out

    Post # 9
    1028 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I know this will sound absolutely ridiculous to some but being called for Jury Duty is on my bucket list. I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO want the opportunity to have a hand in our judicial system but I’ve never been summoned. Sucks for me I guess…

    Post # 10
    279 posts
    Helper bee

    I got a summons when I was 19, but I was moving to a new city before it would’ve happened, so I didn’t have to actually do it. It’s been 5 years since then and I haven’t been summoned again.


    Post # 11
    1028 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @GFerg:  +1. I thought I was the only person who actually wanted this! You’re lucky you got called/summoned/ordered or whatever it is lol.

    Post # 12
    627 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    I’ve been to a jury selection process as a law intern. They’re not so bad, just a lot of waiting around. If you REALLY don’t want to get picked, just give the attorneys a reason to think you’d be biased. Nothing too crazy.

    For instance, I was at a police brutality trial and they asked who had been arrested before and if that might change their opinion. They were quickly struck from the District Attorney’s list. There are a lot of things like that, like if you know the defendant or plaintiff, if you know or dislike the DA, Judge, or Defense Attorney, etc. Both the DA and the defense counsel are usually looking for a certain type of person, too, so odds are that you won’t get picked.

    That said, I have a summons for next week and I don’t plan on saying I have biases because I feel it’s dishonest and that people have a duty to serve.

    Post # 13
    721 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    yes i served on a jury a couple of falls ago.

    Post # 14
    8510 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’ve never served but I was summoned twice.  The first time I just never had to go in (they have you call a number and tell you if you have to go in) and the second time I had actually just moved and they had sent it to an old address.  So they took me off.

    Post # 15
    1988 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I voted “other” because we have no jury duty in my country. In cases where there is a jury, there are 2 jurors (not lawyers) and a judge – the jurors sit left and right of the judge. They are volunteers, usually retired elderly people who have lots of time on their hands and are interested in that kind of thing. I think it’s great because they’re not really forced to be there. They also don’t get to decide on their own whether the accused is guilty or innocent but make the decision together with the judge. 

    Post # 16
    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I received a summons last year, but it was from CT and I live in Boston. Apparently they weren’t up to date on my residency…even though I’d been living in Boston for at least 6 months and had a MA license for just as long. I just responded saying I was no longer a resident.

    FI was summoned during college, but as an out-of-state college student, he easily got out. He just received a summons last week though, and has to go in March. Who knows if he’ll get picked!

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