(Closed) How common IS jury duty?

posted 6 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 # 32
    Member
    489 posts
    Helper bee

    @blueteacup:  That depends on the judge. I had a friend who went for jury selection and the judge wouldn’t let her off even though she was a student and it was close to finals.  I went around the same time to a different court room and the judge specifially called me up to ask if I was a student because I could be released. I told him I was but that I was willing to serve. I ended up on a week long medical malpractice case. 

    I’ve also been summonsed two other times but wasn’t able to go.  One of those times I actually was given summonses for Maine and Mass for the same week. In Mass, you can be selected for jury if you go to college there, whether it’s your domicile or not. 

     

     

    Post # 33
    Member
    683 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I’m 26 and never been summoned or anything. Maybe it’s because I move a lot or maybe because I just registered to vote last year I don’t know. Maybe they just know they don’t wanna mess with me 🙂

    Post # 34
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    6294 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @jwdesiree:  I’m from the UK, and I’m 27 and never been sent a summons.

    I know quite a few people who have done it though; youngest person I know to do it was 23.

    Post # 35
    Member
    1797 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I haven’t been sent on in the three years since I’ve turned 18 (knock on wood), but I’m sure it’s coming sooner rather than later! My mom was summonced in August 2012, but didn’t end up having to do it. She got excused because she didn’t want to leave my sister home alone. She got summonced again in August 2013, and decided to just get it over with.

    I don’t think it’s uncommon to be summonced, but I do think it is uncommon to be on the actual jury. She was sent home after the first day because she wasn’t selected after the questions that they asked her. She was asked if she owns her own business, and when she said yes that eliminated her.

    Post # 36
    Member
    630 posts
    Busy bee

    I have friends in my same county who have been summoned many times, and even served more than once.  I’m almost 40 and have lived in (and been registered to vote in – which is how they pull) the same exact county for 36 years.

     

    I guess it’s a good thing – I work for a local law enforcement agency so I’d never get to serve on anything other than possibly a Grand Jury anyway.

    Post # 37
    Member
    5891 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’m 43 and never been summoned. 

    My friend, about 15 years ago, if I remember correctly, got summoned for Federal jury duty and choosen. She was also summoned for county jury duty a week later that she couldnt go to because she was on the jurry for a Federal case. 

    Post # 38
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    831 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m 37 and have been summoned 3 times. First time for civil court they called me as soon as I turned 18. I was an alternate juror but the case got settled before the trial.

    I went again in Queens but got dismissed the first day.

    I wish I hadn’t lost the proof of the Queens service because I got summoned again 2 years ago in Brooklyn and would have gotten excused if I had it, I wound up assigned to a criminal trial (gang assault). It took 2 and 1/2 weeks.  It was fine, I have no issue doing it but it was a bit of a pain in the ass, we were all decided on a verdict except for one hold out who kept us there an additional THREE days. But that’s the process . . .

    I don’t have to go again I think for 8 years. But they always seem to know exactly when I’m up again. Here in NYC I think it’s tied to your voter registration/dmv registration and they seem to have it down to a science. So I think you are much less likely to get a summons if you aren’t registered to vote or have a DMV issued ID, which isn’t really an option most people.

    Post # 39
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    1856 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I’ve been summoned twice but was living overseas, so I couldn’t do it. My mom has only been summoned once and served on the jury, while my dad has never in life (60+ years) been summoned. It’s pretty random.

    Post # 40
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    831 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @Pinkmoon:  LOL in NYC jury duty it’s kind of difficult to act crazier than the actual crazy people that are already there. Seriously when I was there I looked around and was like, oh crap, they are definitely going to pick me, I am at least somewhat normal.

     

    I know that sounds kind of elitist but there were people talking to themselves, people who didn’t speak ANY English at all, people who were wearing see through clothing, it was ridiculous.

    ETA: just to clarify the non-English speakers weren’t crazy (as far as I know) they just wouldn’t get picked.

    Post # 41
    Member
    1092 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’m 28 and I think I’ve received a summons three times. Once I was in college in a different state so was excused, once I received an email the night before saying I wasn’t needed, and the third I had to go in. I would volunteer to serve if I could! I find it really interesting. I’m in law school now though and doubt that many attorneys would want a fellow attorney as a juror.

    @KateByDesign:  I was summoned while I was a paralegal and was chosen to be on the jury so it can happen! Not only that, but the law firm I worked for was directly across the street from the courthouse and everyone from our firm was constantly in and out of the courthouse and friendly with most of the judges and clerks.

     

    Post # 42
    Member
    1328 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’ve never gotten a notice, I’m 26.  But that might be because I don’t know if or where I’m even registered to vote right now.  I’ve moved around a lot since I was 18, my permanent address has changed so often that they might just not know where I live right now. 

    Post # 43
    Member
    706 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I was summoned this week actually.  But, I just had to call in every day and each day it bumped me to the next.  Finally, it just said that I didn’t have to report, and that I was clear for 2 years.

    Post # 44
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    9135 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @jwdesiree:  I was summoned for local criminal court a few years back but I was dismissed since they had already sat the juries for the day by the time that my number came up.  Then last year I received a notice for the federal grand jury but I haven’t yet received a summons to attend court to serve.  As an attorney I probably wouldn’t get picked to serve on a jury anyway so while I get excited about being summoned, it just seems like a big waste of my time.

    My mom has been chosen twice.  Once for a big federal case that lasted as few weeks and once for a DUI case that only lasted a few hours.

    Post # 45
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    10452 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @kimm99:  Hahahaha well it failed her once because they were looking for crazy people! Sounds like she’d have some competition there though haha. I mean it’s a tv show… but I still found it hilarious. 

    Post # 46
    Member
    5003 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2018

    I’ve never been summoned. FH got his first summons last year, and ended up being picked for the jury. 

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