Interstellar Adventures

July 10, 2006

Civic Duty

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:03 pm

For the first time ever, I got called to Jury Duty. And yes, lucky me! I got picked! This morning was a lot of ‘hurry-up-and-wait’ while this and that was decided before the panel was selected. So, it was pretty late before I was ‘in’ and we only listened to a little bit of testimony today. I get to go back tomorrow and hopefully the case will be done by the end of the day. I can’t talk about any of the details of the case until it’s decided. It’s all very hush-hush.

Have you ever been selected for jury duty? What kind of case did you get? Do you try to ‘get out’ of serving when you’re called?


  1. I got jury duty about 2 years ago but wasn’t picked. It was a case where a husband beat up his wife and she ended up dying from her injuries.
    I wanted to get picked. I only got paid like .50 a mile to the courthouse and back so my check was a grand total of about $15.

    Comment by UziCue — July 10, 2006 @ 9:33 pm |Reply

  2. I have always gotten out of it… the last few times I have been called I have “had a small dependent child at home.”

    My girlfriend once was excused from a medical malpractice case because it involved a rare procedure that I had had done and she was too familiar with it for the defense attorney’s comfort!

    I wouldn’t mind serving… if it were interesting!

    Comment by Kristin — July 10, 2006 @ 9:39 pm |Reply

  3. I’ve been waiting my whole damned life to be on a jury. With my luck, I’ll get some shitty case. I want a murder or a good, dirty, raunch divorce or criminal case. Yes, I need help.

    Comment by Keb — July 11, 2006 @ 1:25 am |Reply

  4. I haven’t been yet, and while I live in Italy (2 1/2 more years!) I don’t think it’s possible. By that time I’ll probably be looking forward to it.

    Comment by R. Robyn — July 11, 2006 @ 1:58 am |Reply

  5. Yes, I served on jury duty once. I hear people complain about it all the time. I thought it was fun. I was only selected for one case however. It was a man making terroristic threats against his wife. The rest of the week I was there I read a book. Got paid full salary for my time there by my employer…problem??

    I just got a form in the mail last week to determine if I was eligible for jury duty. But I’ll be a full time student by then, so, I may not be able to do it this time round.

    Have fun!!

    Comment by Carnealian — July 11, 2006 @ 7:06 am |Reply

  6. Never been picked. But now because I’m married to a lawyer, it’s less likely that I’d actually be picked for a jury. Damn. I was all ready with my “I heart legalized marijuana t-shirt”

    Comment by SurrenderDorothy — July 11, 2006 @ 9:46 am |Reply

  7. No, but I kind of want to. When it’s over you better post the details. I hope it was a good one.

    Comment by Jolynn — July 11, 2006 @ 10:33 am |Reply

  8. I had to report for town court a few months ago. The guy took a plea at the last second — he was there with his lawyer. He was there for “forcible touch” — with his daughter-in-law! Eww.

    Comment by Marie — July 11, 2006 @ 10:41 am |Reply

  9. I’ve been called many times but never picked.

    Apparently (here at least) going to vote increases your odds of being summoned.

    I’d like to serve. I once came close – I was in the final group and the lawyers were questioning us to see who they wanted. But it was a case about a 20 year old that climbed in a window to have (consensual) sex with a 14 year old, and I couldn’t help but speak my mind. Apparently some lawyer didn’t want to risk having me on the jury.

    Comment by Silly Old Bear — July 11, 2006 @ 11:48 am |Reply

  10. I was a nanny and got off because i was a primary care giver…I cant imagine having to be hold up in a room bored out of my mind….

    Comment by Shannon — July 11, 2006 @ 12:58 pm |Reply

  11. I’ve never done jury duty, it’s very different over here though, if you’re picked for jury duty then you’re on the jury…there’s no choosing from a big group! Hope this one does finish tomorrow and doesn’t drag on for too long.

    Comment by Claire — July 11, 2006 @ 1:39 pm |Reply

  12. I have only been called for jury duty once luckly I was in college and did not have to go.

    Comment by Crazy Dan — July 11, 2006 @ 4:39 pm |Reply

  13. I’ve been called once and was so excited…then my boss wrote them saying i couldnt serve…the JERK

    Comment by KaraMia — July 11, 2006 @ 6:51 pm |Reply

  14. I’ve never been selected.

    My Mom was chosen to be on a panel deciding the fate of a local police officer though. He had bene fired for allegedly spending hours and hours on duty at the local Texaco and diner. And he appealed. He was a minority, and that was a big part of their case, I think.

    Comment by Bone — July 12, 2006 @ 10:00 am |Reply

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