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vintagegal

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Re: Jury Duty
« Reply #30 on: May 21, 2017, 10:30:55 AM »
the one time I had jury duty, I sat through 2 civil trials. The courthouse was so small and rural, DH sitting in the back of the court raised eyebrows. Why was he there, neither side recognized him. Finally he was asked and said he drove me to and from. After that, I was excused from the criminal trials.

Nowadays, I would have to tell them the truth - I could not be impartial in a criminal trial as I think the system is rigged. Prosecution can make all kinds of deals with prospective witnesses in exchange for favorable testimony, defense can not do ANYTHING like that.

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« Reply #31 on: May 21, 2017, 01:04:43 PM »
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Re: Jury Duty
« Reply #32 on: May 21, 2017, 02:21:02 PM »
My recent experience:

- Everything took at least three times as long as it should have. Nothing ever got going until the last juror got there, so we'd frequently spend the first half-hour sitting around twiddling our thumbs.

- Several of the judges did not allow cell phones in their courtrooms. I had brought a physical paperback, so I was okay, but a lot of people got stuck with nothing to do during the long waits in jury selection. (Subset of the potential jurors got called in for a trial and got asked a bunch of questions. In between the questions, the lawyers sometimes needed to talk in private with the judge or other jurors wanted to give their answers in private. It meant a lot of waiting.)

- Our courthouse had wifi, but it was a) slow as molasses, and b) unsecured. I didn't feel comfortable checking anything that involved sending a password (email, Twitter, etc.) because it's pretty trivial to collect those from an unsecured network.

- The times we got out varied greatly. It's "whenever we're done with you for the day," so my three days were 3 PM, 1:30 PM, and 9:05 AM.

- If I sat in the exact right place in the jury waiting room, I could reach three Pokestops without having to move around  ;D

Asharah

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Re: Jury Duty
« Reply #33 on: May 21, 2017, 06:10:14 PM »
Jury duty here is one day if you aren't chosen or to the end of the trial if you get picked. Last time was Friday December 9. I figured not many new trials would start on a Friday, especially a couple of weeks before Xmas. Called on a panel around 11am. Wasn't picked, judge told those not picked to go have lunch and what time to be back in the jury waiting room. They announced we could all go home around 2pm because they wouldn't be starting anymore trials today.
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Re: Jury Duty
« Reply #34 on: Yesterday at 02:43:52 AM »
Here in Australia we get paid a little by the State ($40/ day) and our employee has to keep paying our wage.

The one time I did jury duty the court was near a major train station and loads of restaurants/cafes. It was a mistrial so we were released after 4 days.

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Re: Jury Duty
« Reply #35 on: Yesterday at 01:50:42 PM »
We get called in the county you live in. Which for where I am now, is ok, but downtown, so you have to park in a specific garage and walk a couple of blocks, and I believe they will validate your parking. Or you can park in the closer garage, but you have to pay yourself as they don't have any agreement with that one to validate your parking. I've never actually had to go in this county; you call the night before, and depending on what number you've been assigned, you show up, or not, if they don't need you. Both times my number was exempt.

the last county i lived in, i got called twice; first time i went, and made it into the courtroom for jury selection, but wasn't chosen. At that time, JD was two days, but i was called on a Wed, I believe at the end of Dec. or beginning of Jan, and as thye had a new group coming in the next day, they told us we didn't have to come back for day 2.

Second time i sent in my paperwork as I was unemployed, but by the time my day rolled around, I was working, temping, so wouldn't' get paid if i didn't work. I called to ask if I could reschedule and they said no, but come in and speak to the jury manager. i did, and was excused.But now they are much stricter about why you can be excused, so I'm pretty sure that wouldn't fly now.

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Re: Jury Duty
« Reply #36 on: Yesterday at 03:00:17 PM »
I got called for grand jury in the county where I live - I'm still technically a part of grand jury at this time, actually and may or may not be called back again.

I live in a (very) small county (population 14,000), so it was super simple - we showed up, took our seats, and raised our hands when called upon to show that we were present. We took our oaths, and then the judge weeded people out by asking who would be excused through normal means (a few takers), and then asking who just didn't want to be there. She excused those who raised their hands first and the rest of us (23 total) stuck it out for the rest of the day.

I enjoyed my day in grand jury. We sat through a lot of cases, so we were there all day, but we got a tour of our local jail and they catered in some local bbq for us to eat. I enjoyed meeting the sheriff and seeing the jailhouse facilities, and it was interesting to hear about some of the things going on in the county.


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« Reply #37 on: Yesterday at 03:53:00 PM »
Depending upon the judge, you may or may not be allowed to read or do handicrafts during the jury selection process.  I once was called for jury duty (not selected) and the judge was really strict on potential jurors paying complete attention to the proceedings.  One man was threatened with contempt-of-court for reading a newspaper while we waited.  This was in a county just south of Dallas County.

Not in the waiting room, I hope!

Well, the judge wouldn't be in the waiting room.  Usually that the role of the Commissioner of Jurors.

rigs32

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« Reply #38 on: Yesterday at 03:57:24 PM »
As a trial lawyer, I would never get picked for a criminal jury.  Especially not in my county while I'm still working at a prosecutor.

That said, please understand that down time that feels like a waste for you isn't a waste in terms of the case.  We're waiting on transport, or late jurors, or there must be legal argument outside your presence.

And unfortunately, those 90 minute lunches are necessary.  In that time I have to walk back to my office (with a deputy escort if I have weapons or drugs), line up my afternoon witnesses, make any tweaks to my plans, review paperwork to be ready for the afternoon, set up or check any A/V equipment, and if I'm lucky I can shovel some food in my face and use the restroom before waiting for a deputy to escort me back to the courtroom.  One time a judge only gave an hour for lunch and then yelled at me when I asked for time to use the restroom before we began.  I move fast, but there's only so much you can get done in a certain amount of time.

Frankly, I put protein shakes and raw veggies on my trial cart so I can ingest some calories if the judge decides I don't need to eat that day. 

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« Reply #39 on: Today at 05:47:56 AM »
As a trial lawyer, I would never get picked for a criminal jury.  Especially not in my county while I'm still working at a prosecutor.

That said, please understand that down time that feels like a waste for you isn't a waste in terms of the case.  We're waiting on transport, or late jurors, or there must be legal argument outside your presence.

And unfortunately, those 90 minute lunches are necessary.  In that time I have to walk back to my office (with a deputy escort if I have weapons or drugs), line up my afternoon witnesses, make any tweaks to my plans, review paperwork to be ready for the afternoon, set up or check any A/V equipment, and if I'm lucky I can shovel some food in my face and use the restroom before waiting for a deputy to escort me back to the courtroom.  One time a judge only gave an hour for lunch and then yelled at me when I asked for time to use the restroom before we began.  I move fast, but there's only so much you can get done in a certain amount of time.

Frankly, I put protein shakes and raw veggies on my trial cart so I can ingest some calories if the judge decides I don't need to eat that day.
I was waiting to testify once, and the trial start was held up for an hour because the defendant had an upset stomach.  Finally the judge told the public defender that the trial would start at 10 whether the defendant was in the court room or not. The defendant did manage to drag himself into court at 10.

rigs32

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« Reply #40 on: Today at 10:42:20 AM »

I was waiting to testify once, and the trial start was held up for an hour because the defendant had an upset stomach.  Finally the judge told the public defender that the trial would start at 10 whether the defendant was in the court room or not. The defendant did manage to drag himself into court at 10.

I can't tell you how many times I've had to do a trial while sick.  Keeping a box of tissues and trash can at my table sick.  Some judges just do. not. care. I've been grateful to have notes about every piece of information I needed to get from each witness so that in my sick haze I could drag myself through it.   

One time I refused to come in because I was actively vomiting and the judge tried to have our office send another attorney at the literal last minute (I got sick overnight) to step in.  Thankfully my boss was able to resolve the case.

Another time, I called my boss on the way to the hospital bleeding uncontrollably to let him know I was likely to have emergency surgery and would not be able to start my trial scheduled for Monday.  The only reason the judge let that one be adjourned was because the defendant also had a murder charge pending, so my robbery case wasn't as big of a deal.

IMO it's just not OK.  I don't want to make anyone else sick.  And the physical toll of a trial makes me sicker, typically.  I get sick a lot in the winter because people come to court regardless of their own health because they're afraid of what the judge will do if they don't come in.  I try not to shake hands with anyone, but you're still all breathing the same warm germy air.

Sorry for the tangent.  Just trying to give some perspective.

siamesecat2965

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« Reply #41 on: Today at 11:19:18 AM »
I got called for grand jury in the county where I live - I'm still technically a part of grand jury at this time, actually and may or may not be called back again.

I live in a (very) small county (population 14,000), so it was super simple - we showed up, took our seats, and raised our hands when called upon to show that we were present. We took our oaths, and then the judge weeded people out by asking who would be excused through normal means (a few takers), and then asking who just didn't want to be there. She excused those who raised their hands first and the rest of us (23 total) stuck it out for the rest of the day.

I enjoyed my day in grand jury. We sat through a lot of cases, so we were there all day, but we got a tour of our local jail and they catered in some local bbq for us to eat. I enjoyed meeting the sheriff and seeing the jailhouse facilities, and it was interesting to hear about some of the things going on in the county.

Wow...you got food and everything? Where I live, grand jury duty is in district court, which is further, in a city, from me, and you go one day a week, for something like 3 months.

Girlie

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Re: Jury Duty
« Reply #42 on: Today at 12:42:20 PM »
I got called for grand jury in the county where I live - I'm still technically a part of grand jury at this time, actually and may or may not be called back again.

I live in a (very) small county (population 14,000), so it was super simple - we showed up, took our seats, and raised our hands when called upon to show that we were present. We took our oaths, and then the judge weeded people out by asking who would be excused through normal means (a few takers), and then asking who just didn't want to be there. She excused those who raised their hands first and the rest of us (23 total) stuck it out for the rest of the day.

I enjoyed my day in grand jury. We sat through a lot of cases, so we were there all day, but we got a tour of our local jail and they catered in some local bbq for us to eat. I enjoyed meeting the sheriff and seeing the jailhouse facilities, and it was interesting to hear about some of the things going on in the county.

Wow...you got food and everything? Where I live, grand jury duty is in district court, which is further, in a city, from me, and you go one day a week, for something like 3 months.

Where I live, the local grand jury is responsible for touring and inspecting the local jail once a year. I honestly don't know why this is the law - it just is.

That being said, the local sheriff puts on a good show of hospitality and welcomes us with open arms. Part of it is because he asks the grand jury to petition, on behalf of the sheriff's department, more funds from the county commissioners. IMHO, they actually are in dire need, so it's not unwarranted. The other part is because we are such a small community and that's just how they've always done it.

We get called once a session for sure. Then there's a chance we'll get called again if more cases come up for review.....but most of our grand juries never meet more than twice during their six-month term, and some only meet once.