We have 2 types here in our county. 1. You are given a time to show up 2. You call in to see if you are required to show. Once you get there, you sit and wait for your number to be called. Once you are called, you go into a courtroom where a synopsis of the case is presented, then the attorneys take turns asking each prospective juror questions to see if they want you on their case. I would take a book or magazine, it will be a long day. Some employers pay for Jury Duty and some don't.
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don't panic- just read the handbook that comes with your notice. Every city/state is different so its hard to say what will happen. Its basically wait around with other potential jurors until your number is called. If your number is called your group will go to the courtroom where the lawyers will sometimes ask questions- (based upon the questionnare you filled-out). no names, goes by numbers, that's how you are picked or eliminated to sit on a jury panel.
Bring a good book, and snacks.
Hubby is ex-military...I thought that both lawyers get to pick who would work well for them and I am thinking that defense would not want military. I might be wrong but military are not as forgiving as general population. So...he should take a book..
I've been called on three times here in L.A. County but only got on a panel once. Sometimes, they let you go early so you don't have to molder on an uncomfortable chair all day. But your DH should definitely bring a good book, mags, crossword, or whatever to entertain himself for the duration.
Tell him to take a good book, and a great attitude. It can be a wonderful experience. Don't count on being ruled out because of being former military. I'm a former law enforcement officer, and former military, and get picked for a panel almost everytime I'm called. It depends on a lot of factors, but once again, go in with a positive attitude, and enjoy it!
I have had jury duty three different times. Twice in superior court and once in district court. The days can be long. Definately bring something to do. The give pretty specific directions. I didn't like doing it. I hope I don't get called again. Some people don't mind it. Good Luck for him.
I've been called a few times and agree with the other answers to bring a good book. I also learned to bring a sweater or jacket because the room where you wait to be called is always freezing.....at least here in Orlando.
I haven't been called, but several years back my mother was called to jury duty, and ended up sitting on a trial of a man accused of raping a prostitute.
The defense attorney turned out to be a lawyer who I knew fairly well. Once he realized it was my mother on the jury he said he got quite embarrassed by some of the testimony this "little old lady" had to sit through.
Oddly perhaps, my mother said she found the experience quite interesting!
I've been called 3 or 4 times, served twice as a juror.
I know some people don't like it, but if we were going to introduce a "mandatory" service of our country, I would vote for making it jury duty. I think everyone should have a chance to see that side of our judicial system up close and personal.
And yes, don't count on being excused for being military. The only people who, as a general group, seem to get excused more often than not are other lawyers - and that's not a given!
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Each jurisdiction has its own procedures. In Cape May County New Jersey the prospective jurors for the week are divided into pools and are given a phone number to call the day before and each day thereafter. When I was summoned last year my pool was excused on Monday and Tuesday. When I called Tuesday afternoon my pool was dismissed. That gets me off the hook for 4 years but not for Federal or grand juries. From my co-workers I gather that in New York they still have to show up and sit wating to be summoned each day for a week.
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