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01-06-2013, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by TonySCV View Post
Work paid for 60 days. I tried getting out of it, but it took 6 weeks to impanel a jury for this case and I came in on the last day of that process. I was on the last pool of 60 jurors and the 60th of 60 to get interviewed on a Friday with one jury slot left to fill. If they didn't pick me they were going to have to stretch into a 7th week and pull another 60 jurors. They dismissed others with similar hardships but when they got to me I was SOL. Bad luck and horrible timing.

I wish I could say it was an interesting process but it was brutal. I was an alternate as well so no deliberations for me. Just had to sit there, hear it all and leave.

Word to the wise, if you can defer your on-call service to the week of Thanksgiving, do it. Only 3 days of call-ins and during that week they did not actually call in any jurors. Christmas and New Years weeks were good as well. Avoid scheduling service for early-mid December. The weeks before Christmas it was a jury-fest. They called in 400-500 jurors a week.

Anyway... thankfully it's over and now I can get back to watching some hockey! :-)
I was on jury duty in 1997 and again in 2002, 5 years apart to the month. I've since become self employed and thankfully didn't get called again like I feared because I don't get paid if I don't work. From what I've heard, a situation like that will get you excused since you have no employees to do the job.

I had a 3 day armed robbery trial the first time and we let the guy go because of mega police bungle ups, a hysterically sobbing woman witness, an elderly man witness who thought the guy was 6 feet tall (he was 6'6") and one cop who was at the scene but lost his notebook. The second time I wanted to spend as much time as possible because I hated my job but the one case they called me for was only expected to be 1 day and I wanted back in the pool so I could get into a longer court case so I looked vague and disinterested when I got called up and was rejected. That was the end of my career as a far! I did find it tedious but also fascinating.

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