(Closed) jury duty- need help

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The only advice I can offer is if you get questioned, to give all the answers that would make you seem like a totally biased jury-member, like “I could never vote guilty if I know he’ll get the death sentence” and what you said about family getting hit by a drunk driver.

Post # 4
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would just go.  I had jury duty once and I was there until about noon and it never went to trial.  Most cases don’t go to trial.  If they do, then the lawyer will ask you questions to see if you qualify and based on your reasons you probably won’t put you in a jury.  I don’t think that the money thing is a valid excuse since employers aren’t required to pay you for jury duty until you miss a large amount of time at work, not just one day.

Post # 5
1046 posts
Bumble bee

I got out of jury duty by talking about how pro-death penalty I am… Even though I’m not. I couldn’t miss anymore work, I was there for two days!

Good luck..

Post # 6
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was just called for jury duty. What I planned to do if I was questioned (I never actually got questioned, I was just called into the room with other potential jurors) is just say that I didn’t think I would be able to be objective and “put my feelings in a box” which is how the lawyers phrased it. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it ensures that there’s no way you’ll get picked. You probably will have to show up for two days though, although I got out at around 1pm on both days. But you will get paid for both of those days (or at least that’s how it is here in NYC).

Post # 7
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I think that the financial hardship jury duty would cause for you as a self-employed person is a legitimate reason that would likely get you excused from jury duty. However, I think you have to show up and tell them that in person. But at most it’ll be one day of your life, right? Hope it works out.

Post # 8
7408 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I wish i had advice for you but I’ve gotten seated on a jury every time I’ve had to serve.  I must look “objective”.

Post # 9
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

Okay here’s this honest truth: being self employed will not get you out of jury duty :/ A financial hardship to the court means absolute dire circumstances and they couldn’t care less that you will be losing business by serving jury duty.

Don’t lie when you are being questioned. Be honest. Most cases don’t involve the death penalty so your feelings about that won’t matter. If you say you “can’t be objective” the judge and lawyers will DRILL you about why until you eventually crack. 

Im in CA and we got a questionnaire before we went into the courtroom with a bunch of questions to answer “yes” or “no” too. When I got in the box I was asked to state my juror number, age, marital status, and job, and the number of any questions I answered “yes” to. Then the judge asked me about my “yes” questions. The scenarios you listed above often fit into the questions asked so you will be able to state that you know several lawyers, etc.

I’ve had jury duty twice. The first time I sat in the jurors room until 4pm and was never called and got to go home. The second time I was called to a courtroom in the first group, got sat in the jurors box on the first round, and was sworn in as a juror. The trial was a week and a half in the middle of my finals week for school and it sucked but I was able to work it out with my professors/employer.

For what its worth it was a criminal trial where two brothers in a gang were each charged with 1 count of murder and 5 counts of attempted murder and it was really interesting to listen to and deliberate 🙂

ETA: You can always ask for a postponment to a time up to a year later (maybe when business is a little slower?).

Post # 10
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I actually wanted jury duty (hated my job at the time) and the case got settled.

Most of the fellow potential jurors who didn’t want to serve didn’t have to be there for more than a day.

I think there are (sadly) enough unemployed people out there who could use the daily pittance that telling the truth about a financial hardship would probably be enough.

Post # 11
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

No one wants to do jury duty, but it is your duty as an American citizen to do it.  It is a hardship for about every person that gets called and everyone has their own justifications as to why they cannot.  In my opinion it is the least costful of all the ways to pay for citizenship, especially on this of all weekends, remember those who have fallen to give you the right to sit in judgement of your peers. 

Post # 12
375 posts
Helper bee

I feel for you!  I was summoned last year and actually got picked to be on the jury — and I even explained that I am a breastfeeding mother.  My daughter was quite young at the time, too!

Quite a few women who were summoned with me gave very frank answers that were totally not what the attorneys wanted to hear.  In fact, one girl said,”I’d rather be at home watching Jerry Springer right now,” in response to a question about her hobbies.  I know it doesn’t sound like the best advice but if you provide them with answers they don’t want to hear, you’ll most likely be dismissed. 

Post # 14
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Good work. I know jury duty is a civic duty, but it can cause major stress on one’s professional life!

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