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You've Been Summoned...
I don't understand why people hate jury duty, in general.
People I've worked with in the past, friends, family, all of them cringe and roll their eyes or grumble when they get summoned. Now - I can completely understand how missing work for something you don't get paid squat to do can be frustrating, but even people I know who don't work, or don't lose anything for going seem to have a problem with it. Personally, I think it would be a kick, no matter what the case was like. I love the law though, every boring aspect; it intrigues me. I would love to be on a jury full time if I could.

So, what do you guys think?
Featured by: Kenne at 7/29/10 1:22PM
| Closed on 08/28/10 at 05:00PM
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41 Fans 
 1. Have you ever summoned to serve jury duty? (0 points)
34%a. Yes, but I got out of it
24%b. Yes, I served
0%c. Yes, I'm serving now
0%d. Yes, the case is coming up
17%e. No, but I want to
12%f. No, I hope I never do
12%g. Other
 2. If you've been summoned and got out of it, how? (0 points)
51%a. I did this...
20%b. I said this...
29%c. I've never been summoned
 3. If you've served, what was it like? (0 points)
5%a. I hated every minute of it
2%b. I actually enjoyed it, I just didn't like having to miss work
22%c. It was ok
5%d. I loved it
66%e. I've never served
 4. If you've served, was the case exciting? (0 points)
12%a. Nope, just some boring stuff - I'll tell ya about it in the comments
2%b. Yes, it was awesome! See comments...
7%c. I guess others might find it exciting...
5%d. I found it exciting, but others might not...
73%e. I've never served
 5. If you've never been summoned, would you want to be? (0 points)
0%a. Yes, but only if the case was big
22%b. Yes, the law intrigues me
12%c. Yes, but only because it's my civic duty
20%d. No way, I'd run away
17%e. No, but I would do it without complaining
29%f. I've served (see above)
 6. Other than having to miss work, why do you think people hate jury duty? (0 points)
24%a. Because...
24%b. I think maybe because...
51%c. I have no idea

 &nbp;
TOP COMMENT * * * * * * * * * * * *
#3 | 1463 days ago

I worked as a Legal Assistant for years, so I cannot serve.  I received one summons and took it to the Sheriff's office to explain that I was currently working for the law firm on the Defence side.  He blushed and put my name in the "permanently removed" file. 

However, I would love to serve.  It fascinates me.  My brother served on the jury of a murder trial and although he thought he would have nightmares, he actually found it incredibly interesting, and in his mind there was absolutely NO DOUBT when he wrote down his verdict.

I think people don't want to because they think it will either be too boring, or too opposite of boring - in other words, it will take over their lives.  We see the exceptions to the normal jury trials - the OJ Simpson trial, Ronnie Spector - those were attention grabbers and the jurors were like mini celebreties. 

I also wonder if people don't want to be responsible for deciding a person's fate.  If you are the jury for a man convicted of a triple homicide would you really want to be the one who decides if HE lives or dies?  I thing most people don't want to.
1. Yes, but I got out of it  2. I did this...  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. Yes, the law intrigues me  6. I think maybe because...  
  
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#1 | 1463 days ago

Whenever I get a summons for Jury Duty, I simply write on the envelop, "no longer at this address" and drop it back in the mail.
1. Yes, but I got out of it  2. I did this...  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. No way, I'd run away  6. Because...  
#2 | 1463 days ago

I've never served, but I did get a summons right before I had to move out of the area. My husband had just come home from basic training and we wouldn't have lived there anymore by the time the case came up. I was bummed!
1. Other  2. I did this...  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. Yes, the law intrigues me  6. I have no idea  
#3 | 1463 days ago

I worked as a Legal Assistant for years, so I cannot serve.  I received one summons and took it to the Sheriff's office to explain that I was currently working for the law firm on the Defence side.  He blushed and put my name in the "permanently removed" file. 

However, I would love to serve.  It fascinates me.  My brother served on the jury of a murder trial and although he thought he would have nightmares, he actually found it incredibly interesting, and in his mind there was absolutely NO DOUBT when he wrote down his verdict.

I think people don't want to because they think it will either be too boring, or too opposite of boring - in other words, it will take over their lives.  We see the exceptions to the normal jury trials - the OJ Simpson trial, Ronnie Spector - those were attention grabbers and the jurors were like mini celebreties. 

I also wonder if people don't want to be responsible for deciding a person's fate.  If you are the jury for a man convicted of a triple homicide would you really want to be the one who decides if HE lives or dies?  I thing most people don't want to.
1. Yes, but I got out of it  2. I did this...  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. Yes, the law intrigues me  6. I think maybe because...  
#4 | 1463 days ago

I think people believe in way too much of criminal trails and the mafia killing juors and wutnessess
1. Yes, I served  2. I did this...  3. I loved it  4. I found it exciting, but others might not...  5. I've served (see above)  6. I think maybe because...  
#5 | 1463 days ago
cubsgirl2 (+)

 I was summonsed, is that a word? Well anyways didnt have to because I had a child that was not old enough to be in school.  But i would, it is after all a civil responsibility. 
1. Yes, but I got out of it  2. I did this...  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. No, but I would do it without complaining  6. I think maybe because...  
#6 | 1463 days ago

sit on a illegal trespass case......defendant found not guilty........poor investigation by deputy sheriff prior to making arrest, kinda scary to see how easy it is to get arrested.
1. Yes, I served  2. I did this...  3. It was ok  4. Nope, just some boring stuff - I'll tell ya about it in the comments  5. Yes, but only because it's my civic duty  6. I have no idea  
#7 | 1463 days ago

Now, by "serving" are you meaning actually sitting in on a trial, or just attending the courthouse, waiting to be called in for one.

I've gotten the summons in the past, and with the exception of one time, I submit the paperwork along with a printed page from our company handbook, showing we are encouraged to serve jury duty, but are not compensated.   I have checked off that serving would create a financial hardship.

I had one time where I actually did go for Jury Duty.  I actually took a week vacation (needed to take the time off anyways) and went to the courthouse.  All of us prospective jurors sat in the room until lunch time, when officials announced that all cases were covered for the time period, and we were not needed.  This fulfilled our service.   As I had sat there reading the book I brought, I had not heard any names being called at all.    
1. Yes, I served  2. I did this...  3. It was ok  4. Nope, just some boring stuff - I'll tell ya about it in the comments  5. I've served (see above)  6. I have no idea  
#8 | 1463 days ago

I have never been summoned but have been witness to some rather interesting hilarious reasons to get out of it. The first time would probably be cool, but after that I might be dropping the notice "not at this address" in the mail too. The Law & Order shows always intrigued me. Some that I have talked to about why they didn't want to serve said that they didn't want to be a part of the arguments and disagreements that accompany jury deliberations.
1. No, but I want to  2. I've never been summoned  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. Yes, the law intrigues me  6. I think maybe because...  
#9 | 1463 days ago

Oddfool wrote:
Now, by "serving" are you meaning actually sitting in on a trial, or just attending the courthouse, waiting to be called in for one.

I've gotten the summons in the past, and with the exception of one time, I submit the paperwork along with a printed page from our company handbook, showing we are encouraged to serve jury duty, but are not compensated.   I have checked off that serving would create a financial hardship.

I had one time where I actually did go for Jury Duty.  I actually took a week vacation (needed to take the time off anyways) and went to the courthouse.  All of us prospective jurors sat in the room until lunch time, when officials announced that all cases were covered for the time period, and we were not needed.  This fulfilled our service.   As I had sat there reading the book I brought, I had not heard any names being called at all.    
I actually didn't even think about that fact...that you could be summoned, go in for what you need to do and not actually serve. I guess for the sake of the poll just put that you served since I forgot to add any options for that case :)
1. Other  2. I did this...  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. Yes, the law intrigues me  6. I have no idea  
#10 | 1463 days ago

I've been summons and just didn't go. I have friends on both sides of the law. 
#11 | 1463 days ago
Ms_Penn (+)

ummmmmm...........


so do you get free lunch?? if so i'm in
1. No, I hope I never do  2. I've never been summoned  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. I've served (see above)  6. I have no idea  
#12 | 1463 days ago

Best way to get out of it is by telling them, "I am prejudice against lawyers".
#13 | 1463 days ago

I've been summoned a few times and was selected to sit on a jury in one case.  It was actually quite entertaining.  The case involved a 60 something drunk that used to frequent a bar.  Numerous waitresses claimed that he sexually harassed them both verbally and physically.  Some of their claims sounded ludicrous, but the more stories you heard, the more you though he was guilty(which he was).  I'd go into detail on some of the comments made, but it would violate the CoC.   
1. Yes, I served  2. I did this...  3. I actually enjoyed it, I just didn't like having to miss work  4. Yes, it was awesome! See comments...  5. I've served (see above)  6. I have no idea  
#14 | 1463 days ago

i was summoned to go to the courthouse in downtown houston and when i got the summons everyone i knew did that breething in through their teeth thing like it was gonna blow goats or something. apart from having to get up extra early to catch the (free) bus down there, it was a friggin cake walk. i sat in the theater and popped on the ipod with a little tiger woods gaming on it and i was there for all of 13 minutes before they dismissed me.

i was kind of bummed. i'd like to serve on a jury sometime even though i am the worst at making decisions.

but i loved the process. i got back on the bus and was back home by 10:30ish. i called in at noon to my work saying "golly...this is brutal! they'll never get to my name..." and slept the rest of the day.

1. Yes, but I got out of it  2. I did this...  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. Yes, the law intrigues me  6. I have no idea  
#15 | 1463 days ago

 i got served and went but didnt get chosen, unless i'm reading it wrong I didn't see an option for that
1. Yes, but I got out of it  2. I did this...  3. It was ok  4. I've never served  5. I've served (see above)  6. I have no idea  
#16 | 1463 days ago

(Edited by Kenne)
ms_hippie_queen wrote:

i was summoned to go to the courthouse in downtown houston and when i got the summons everyone i knew did that breething in through their teeth thing like it was gonna blow goats or something. apart from having to get up extra early to catch the (free) bus down there, it was a friggin cake walk. i sat in the theater and popped on the ipod with a little tiger woods gaming on it and i was there for all of 13 minutes before they dismissed me.

i was kind of bummed. i'd like to serve on a jury sometime even though i am the worst at making decisions.

but i loved the process. i got back on the bus and was back home by 10:30ish. i called in at noon to my work saying "golly...this is brutal! they'll never get to my name..." and slept the rest of the day.

They could make a movie out of your story and it would still be more interesting and funny than "Jury Duty" starring Pauly Shore.

#17 | 1463 days ago
Sharp Square (sid) profile photo



I have been in court before and it ranks with   hospitals and funeral homes for me so i stay as far away as possible , i was summoned once and had lawyer inform them i was out of town for the date involved and could not change plans.
1. Yes, but I got out of it  2. I did this...  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. No way, I'd run away  6. Because...  
#18 | 1463 days ago

I've been summoned a couple of times, but never selected.
I'm supposed to go on Aug. 20th and I hope I'm not selected again.
1. Other  2. I said this...  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. No, but I would do it without complaining  6. I think maybe because...  
#19 | 1463 days ago

I've been summoned every 2 years since I've turned 18, and NOT once have I served on a jury. I've been on call, waited in  the jury room for a day (one trial/one day out here), and was told to come in at 1 in the afternoon only to be told when I got there that the case was settled.
1. Other  2. I said this...  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. Yes, but only because it's my civic duty  6. I have no idea  
#20 | 1463 days ago

I got out of it by telling them my grandfather died ... shutup, he actually DID die the week I was supposed to go (even I'm not THAT bad).  It was postponed for several months and I never received another notice.

Jury duty, from what I've heard, is just a pain in the ass.  Sitting there all day, whether you're picked or not, having to go to some county courthouse that may or may not be anywhere near your home (and may or may not be in a seedy area), answering the stupidest questions ... when/if I get called again, I need an excuse at the ready ... taking notes for what you all have used in the past.  
1. Yes, but I got out of it  2. I said this...  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. No, but I would do it without complaining  6. Because...  
#21 | 1463 days ago

alainpeartree wrote:
I think people believe in way too much of criminal trails and the mafia killing juors and wutnessess
 you're not kidding, I'm not trying to get whacked.
1. Yes, but I got out of it  2. I did this...  3. It was ok  4. I've never served  5. I've served (see above)  6. I have no idea  
#22 | 1463 days ago

 served several times.    didn't get out of it, we get to reschedule one time with a good reason.  boring sh*t.   sit on a case and listen to 3-4 hours of horsesh*t just to find  a drunken moron guilty of smacking another drunken moron around.    ultimately, it is a gross waste of time.  it may be a civic duty but if 10% of people are out of work, there is your jury pool.  leave me the h*ll alone.
1. Yes, I served  2. I said this...  3. I hated every minute of it  4. Nope, just some boring stuff - I'll tell ya about it in the comments  5. I've served (see above)  6. Because...  
#23 | 1463 days ago

I applied to be a Jailer a couple weeks ago..

can you see me with some inmates?

wtf?


*Random OT post I haven't read the poll yet.. be are be..I should go do that... ehh?
1. No, but I want to  2. I've never been summoned  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. Yes, the law intrigues me  6. I have no idea  
#24 | 1463 days ago

Have never been called, of course we have very few jury trials around here.  I have never wanted to serve anyway.  I would have to come up with some excuse to get out of it.
1. No, I hope I never do  2. I've never been summoned  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. No way, I'd run away  6. I think maybe because...  
#25 | 1463 days ago

(Edited by icfeet)
I was called about 4-5 times in the late 80's and 90's...but was in residency at the time and just starting my practice...at that time, Doctors, Lawyers and Police were automatically exempted....they changed that law in 2003 or 2004...and guess what...I got called in 2006...tried to get out of it, because I practice by myself, and if I don't work...I don't get paid.  In trying to explain to the woman at the courthouse that I owned my own business, her reply was "We have LOTS of business owners"...when I said "Who is going to run my business? She said "Have your employees run it" (um...practicing medicine without a license?)..then she said "You probably won't have to come in every day"..so, I asked her "How do I find out?...she said "Call the night before to find out if you have to report"....I said "What do I do if I don't have to report?" ..She said "You can go to WORK"..I said "and see WHOM?  I HAVE TO CANCEL ALL MY APPOINTMENTS!!!"...she didn't understand
  I tried to get Thanksgiving week (3 days) but that was full.  I got the 4th of July week (at least only 4 ays)...took a vacation where I couldn't go anywhere....then there was a budget stalemate in NJ....NO JURORS HAD TO REPORT...but we did have to call every night to see if we had to report the next day.  I had a week long vacaton where I couldn't plan anything.
1. Yes, but I got out of it  2. I did this...  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. I've served (see above)  6. I have no idea  
#26 | 1460 days ago

1-I have been summoned several different times
2- flip it over and look for the disqualifications, They have 1 that seems to fit me
1. Yes, but I got out of it  2. I did this...  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. No, but I would do it without complaining  6. I think maybe because...  
#27 | 1460 days ago
18packabs (+)

I have been summoned probably 20 times, I have never even showed up. This should be done by retired persons in my opinion.
1. Other  2. I did this...  3. I've never served  4. I've never served  5. No way, I'd run away  6. Because...  

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