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How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: May 09, 2018 09:52PM
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How often have you gotten that letter from a court "inviting" you to be a "keystone of our justice system".




I'm their "boy". Since around 1996 or so, I get a jury duty letter every 2-3 years. I start standby duty for the Sacramento Superior Court May 21st. If that's not enough, I got a letter from the feds today telling me that I have 10 days to respond to an online Qualification Questionnaire to serve as a federal juror in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. I am so tired of this. There must be somebody else who should get an "opportunity to serve". Am I wrong in thinking that jury duty should be something you have to do once or twice in your whole life? Both of my parents are in their 80's and have never had to serve...
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 09, 2018 09:55PM
If it was "once or twice in your whole life" there would not be enough jurors to go around.
I'd be find with every five years.
There was a stretch when I was called twice a year, until I asked about that, and they discovered that I was actually on the rolls TWICE, which was why I was getting notices to damn often.



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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: May 09, 2018 09:59PM
Fortunately, fingers crossed, I have fallen off their list for a bit. But since I moved into my house over 30 years ago, I was getting a summons every 2-3 years until about 3-4 years ago. Usually closer to 2 years, the 3 years was the one year where i actually had to show up in court for possible selection to be a juror.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: May 09, 2018 10:27PM
I answered incorrectly: twice is how often I actually was on a jury (grand jury once, petit once). I have gotten called in for jury duty more often than that. I think the last time was 2015. I should be off the hook for another 3 years.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: May 09, 2018 10:38PM
I had to show up once but was not selected.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Wags
Date: May 09, 2018 11:02PM
I'm self-employed. That lets me off the hook.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 09, 2018 11:08PM
It might be six instead of four if you are only counting getting a letter about serving and not actually showing up. It was very regular when I lived in Sactomato. I was excused twice when I called in the night before/morning of.



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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Janit
Date: May 09, 2018 11:12PM
Called up five times. Excused for illness once. Excused for lack of cases once. Served on actual jury once.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: pqrst
Date: May 09, 2018 11:23PM
I’ve never served on a jury; made to the jury selection stage once; made it to the courthouse jury holding room three times; been called for jury duty six times. This for an approximately forty year period of being eligible.



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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: May 09, 2018 11:26PM
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Wags
I'm self-employed. That lets me off the hook.

Not in the state of MA.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: May 09, 2018 11:54PM
Used to get nabbed about every other year for over 35 years, then finally had to get a permanent medical DQ awhile back. Got polled for a few juries, but only got seated as a real juror for one, which of course settled before any fireworks. Mrs. Buzz OTOH has had the pleasure of actually sitting for a few juries since we've been together, as well as a couple more before we met; she's a pro at it. If you don't get any postponements, you could/would probably get a jury summons about every 15 months in parts of LA County. Around here, everybody seems to ask for postponements, since IIRC they give you two w/o much of a hassle, then you ask for a change of venue because travel is a hardship, then if you're lucky you can wrangle another postponement, then you're finally stuck, and assuming you've picked a courthouse that does phone in service from the get-go, you call in each night until you're told to report the next day, or your duty is up. The days of milling around the courthouse for a couple of weeks, waiting for Godot, were over last century.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Bo
Date: May 10, 2018 12:38AM
I’ve served on four juries (though one was as an alternate): three DUI cases and one armed robbery by gang members of a drug dealer. Fascinating and very rewarding process.

I’ve been summoned to jury duty at least eight times and maybe as many as 10-12. Pretty much every year or two.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: davester
Date: May 10, 2018 01:57AM
I get called once every two years, served as a juror once, and have been seated but excused once. I find people who complain about this obligation highly irritating. Jury duty is such a minor price to pay for having a functional justice system.



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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: GGD
Date: May 10, 2018 02:16AM
I have received notice many times, most of those resulted in my group not being called in. One time I was on call for a holiday week (I think Thanksgiving or Christmas), and figured that the lawyers wouldn't schedule cases, and sure enough, all groups dismissed on the first day of being on-call.

I did get called in twice, once was superior court about 30 years ago, a hospital being sued by a wheelchair bound patient. On the second day of jury selection the case was settled out of court, I think they had only selected 7 jurors by then and I was never called to the stand to be questioned.

The second time I was called in was about 4 years ago, judge asked if there were any special situations, I requested to be removed because it was scheduled to be a lengthy trial and my mother in law was near death (and died two weeks later). Judge dismissed me, to be recalled in 6 months. Never got another notice.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: May 10, 2018 03:36AM
I've been called for both local and federal, but never selected.



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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Michael
Date: May 10, 2018 03:57AM
I've been called 12 times or so in 35 years and sat on a jury 5 times. I teach and so I can get a delay until a break between semesters and the jury assembly area is full of teachers during those breaks ("jury of your peers???").

After the last trial the judge came in to thank us and asked for questions. I asked if my number of callings was typical and he said no--it was much more than usual. I also asked about what happens when somebody who was called doesn't show up. The deputies always get very active with their list and I assumed those people would get a hand-delivered summons. The judge said they didn't do anything to those people. But, they had a right to summon them with a hand-delivered letter and hold them in contempt if they didn't show up from that summons. I guess I'll keep going...

The only complaint I have about it is the inequity of the service. I don't know anybody who says they've been called and served more than a couple of times in their adult lifetimes. Yet somehow my wife and I have made it onto the "yeah, they'll show up list." I don't have any real data on this, although the judge seemed to confirm it, but that's my subjective concern.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Forrest
Date: May 10, 2018 05:04AM
If you are frequently called for service, it's worth asking those in charge if your name appears more than once on the list and to remove the repeat occurrence.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: MindMeld
Date: May 10, 2018 05:27AM
I have served on three petit juries and 2 grand juries (1 Federal and 1 County). Grand juries are very interesting but you serve for a year, usually once a month.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: May 10, 2018 05:40AM
3 letters. Time between 1st and 2nd was 15yrs.

Between 2nd and 3rd was 10yrs.

Excused once.

Did the call-every-morning thing for one of them.

Did the call-every-night-before thing for one of them.

Was never told to report in-person.



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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: lost in space
Date: May 10, 2018 05:44AM
Twice for me. First time, I was asked if I trusted police officers. Having been taken downtown years ago for suspicion of attempted kidnapping, My hesitation in answering seemed to have given the DA side pause. Second time, mobility issues got me excused. It's a civic duty I feel committed to fulfill if my circumstances improve.



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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 10, 2018 06:15AM
....hehehe....doodee.....



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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: May 10, 2018 06:45AM
Never selected (sat in the jury room all day) until last month.

First juror seated in superior court (felony) case.

Finally dismissed at the end of the day by the defense, probably because the arrest occurred in my neighborhood.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 10, 2018 06:50AM
.....nobody really.....trusts my judgement.....



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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: dfilpus
Date: May 10, 2018 06:50AM
I have gotten the letter a dozen or so times. Usually, I called in and didn't have to go the courthouse. I have been in the courtroom for jury selection twice, never selected.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: May 10, 2018 06:55AM
(knock wood) Never.

About 25 years ago I got a Grand Jury summons letter (if that's the right name for it, called to the jury pool, not as a witness or anything) sent to my parents' address, but I was a student and resident of another state at the time, so that was that. Only time it's ever happened.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: mstudio
Date: May 10, 2018 07:11AM
I was only called twice. I lived in Wisconsin for the last 21 years, never called once. In Chicago, I was called but was to be out of town for work so I was excused. The second time was a criminal case, murder, I found it extremely interesting and happily served, I was even elected foreman. Now that we moved to another state, I'm actually hoping to be called.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 10, 2018 07:12AM
.....it also sounds like a Paul Shore movie.....or an Adam Sandler movie......it may have already been one............



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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: DP
Date: May 10, 2018 07:20AM
Thrice. Don't know other states laws but in MI, names go in a pool. Although one is excused for a year after serving, your name goes back in the pool after. Then it's back to the luck of the draw. I, too, know people who have never served on a jury...





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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: TLB
Date: May 10, 2018 07:44AM
I get notification letter every 2-3 years. Dismissed by phone on first day of service in all but one. Went to selection once, but jury pool was seated about 3 folks before they got to me, so I only lost a half day.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: 3d
Date: May 10, 2018 08:28AM
Served on a jury once about 15 years ago. A "Third Strike" felony case. Real slimeball. Used kids to sell drugs near a school. Trial took about 3 days. When we (the jury) came back into the courtroom with a verdict the sitting defendant was surrounded by 4 court officers at the ready in case he became violent. We presented our verdict. Judge thanked us for our time. And we all got out of there in a hurry.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: timg
Date: May 10, 2018 12:24PM
I've forgotten how many times I've gotten the summons. I very vividly remember I've had to serve on a jury twice. both were rather painful experiences...



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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: May 10, 2018 12:44PM
Of all the times I've had to report (or call in) for jury duty, I've done only two questionnaires, and been through voir dire only once. I was seated and it was fascinating. I'd be happy to serve again, but even though I get called every 18 months or so I just show up, sign in, get sent home at lunch time.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: May 10, 2018 01:54PM
Got the letter 5 or 6 times, had to show up onsite 3 times, selected for and served on jury once: we found the defendant guilty. I loved the experience and hope to serve again but even so, I still feel relieved when I call in and am not asked to show up at the courthouse.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: rz
Date: May 10, 2018 06:35PM
I've only had to show up twice. Once I sat there the whole day until about 7pm, then we were all told to leave. The other time, I left for lunch and when I came back, they told me I could leave.
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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: May 10, 2018 08:21PM
I always enjoyed doing it. The last time I got called up was right after my back surgery and I was having
some bad Meniere's flare ups. I contacted my ENT and asked him to give me a written excuse for this
time. Instead he put in for me to be permanently excused because of my severe hearing loss and
Meniere's patients don't need anymore stress than necessary. Stick a fork in me I'm done with that.



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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: qdog2
Date: May 13, 2018 03:57PM
I usually get a letter every 10 years. My last letter had a questionaire in it for a pre screening process. One of the question was "Are you a law enforcement officer". Being a corrections officer I checked the yes block and have not heard from them since.



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Re: How often have you been selected for jury duty?
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: May 13, 2018 09:28PM
Had a friend seated who was called for a death penalty case.

Voir dire included the question "so, could you vote for the death penalty...for the defendant sitting right over there?"

Happily for the eventually-convicted defendant his court-appointed was a drunk who kept falling asleep during the trial so he cut a much better deal prior to retrial.
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