I've Never Been Called Into Jury Duty, Why?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by HappyDude20, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    I have friends who have been called in an array of times. We're all around 23 years of age. Do juror selectors, assuming they select people (Thanks Bones!), based on specifics about an individual?

    Example; being chosen based on political party, religious preference, Etc?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    The stage at which jury duty notices are sent out should be automated and "random". Actual jury selection is done by the lawyers on both sides, who mutally agree on jurors for the case based on perceived lack of bias towards one position or the other.
  3. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    completely random.

    In the past few years I have been called 3 times. First time I was in school so automatic exemption. 2nd time I lived in another city so it was not valid as I did not live in the area.
    3rd time again school was my excuse.
  4. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    Do you prefer not going??
  5. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    Never have done it. All 3 times it would of been impossible for me to go any how.

    1. I was 600 miles away and in school
    2. I was 300 miles away and lived in a city.
    3. I would of had to miss class (hence full time students are exempt)

    Oh and I have better things to do than waste my day sitting at the court house. Chances are I would be thrown off any jury pretty quickly.
  6. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    Mmm. I've never been myself and though i've been told by friends it can be a day long hassle, the fact i've never been draws an appeal and lure to me. Oh well, one day I suppose.
  7. Chappers macrumors 68020


    Aug 12, 2003
    At home
    It is said to be random - but its anyones guess if that is true.

    I have been called and I attended. Three times I went into court and twelve names were pulled out of a hat and three times I wasn't selected.

    Service completed - I went home.
  8. r1ch4rd macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2005
    Manchester UK
    I know a few people who have been selected and they all reported back that it was incredibly dull and tedious. I don't think you are missing much.
  9. Dmac77 macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2008
    My mother has been called for jury duty multiple times, but every time she shows up she gets thrown out of the pool during voir dire because she's an attorney. Apparently having someone who actually knows the law on a jury is a bad thing, for both the prosecution and defense:confused:

  10. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    Fixed that for you.
  11. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    there seems to be some unwritten rule that you'll only get called if you're actually too busy to serve :p

    The way the trial system is structured, jurors don't need to know the law. The judge will instruct them about how the law applies to the case. Jurors are there to listen to the evidence and decide if the prosecution has proven its case.
  12. ann713 macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chosen at random? I have a summon next week, the day before my birthday. :eek:
  13. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I'm pretty sure it is random. I've been called in once, but I got out of it because I was out of state for school and about to leave the country for a year.
  14. AAPLaday Guest


    Aug 6, 2008
    Manchester UK
    Yeah its random. I had a summons about a year ago but i rang them up, explained my situation and now im exempt :D
  15. GoKyu macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2007
    New Orleans
    I was chosen once - had to sit in a room with about 40-50 others for I think it was at least 6 or 7 hours a day for a week.

    You waited until you were either called to be on a jury, or the cases for the day were over, at which point they'd come tell you that you were free to go, and make sure to be back the following day.

    I think I was called on the 2nd to last day to serve as an alternate juror (in case someone got sick, run over by a car, etc.)

    We were given pads of paper and a pen to write down notes about the facts and evidence given, and at the end of each session, the guards took the notes for safekeeping.

    Our trial lasted 3 days, and it was deadly dull. At the end, since the 2 alternates were just that, we weren't allowed in final deliberations, and because we exceeded the original week, our service was considered fulfilled. (Had it been at the beginning of the week, we would've had to go back into the jury pool to possibly be picked again.)

    There ya go, real life story about how dreary and boring the process is, although I'm glad I did it - it was a good experience.
  16. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I had a friend who had to miss a holiday because of jury duty. He had booked it months in advance, then got a letter saying he had been selected for jury duty. Unfortunately, having a holiday booked in advance isn't an acceptable excuse.

    Can't remember whether he ended up wasting nearly £800 or whether he got reimbursed.
  17. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Actually if you do have a holiday booked you can get the jury duty defered to a later date. Maybe his holiday wasn't booked? Just planned.
  18. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I've known around 4 people who were called up for Jury Duty and 2 of them got out of doing it. One was heavily pregnant at the time, the other is on the ultra shy spectrum of Aspergers and wouldn't be able to discuss things with a bunch of strangers.

    Me? I'd love to do it! Gimme a call, Queen.
  19. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    I know quite a few who have been called to serve on juries, both friends and family, but I have never been called even though I would be more than happy to serve.

    For what it is worth, when I asked friends in the legal world for their opinions, it was suggested to me that the fact that I have defined myself as a non-believer, or non-religious, on the state census form might be grounds for exclusion. However, I don't know one way or the other; it has simply not arisen so far when I have been living at home.
  20. xlii macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    It's a mystery to me too. My mom (now 83) has never been called. She has lived in the same home for 50+ years now. I've been called 4 times (I'm 58) and one time was for 6 weeks. My wife has been called 3 times. My daughter has been called once (when she was 18 and still in high school.
  21. Peterkro macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2004
    Communard de Londres
    Never been called up but my dog was although she didn't go.*note to self, registering dog to vote may have unintended consequences* Ⓐ
  22. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    My dad is in his 60s and has never been called, I got called when I was around 22 or 23. It's completely random.
  23. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Ah I remember now.

    He had a holiday booked, and got called for jury duty something like 10 weeks before his holiday. The case went on for months and he wasn't allowed to go on holiday.
  24. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    I just got called for the first time a few days ago. It's scheduled for a week before a planned vacation. I'm hoping I can defer it or it won't last that long...

    Do jurors have weekends off?
  25. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    The good thing about LA, is if you go for the first day and you are not called you will be let out of jury duty. However you might get another notice sooner then later. :cool:

    Which court are summoned to?

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