Have you ever served Jury Duty?

@winterose (39916)
Canada
February 9, 2008 2:24am CST
Have you ever served Jury Duty? If so what was it like? Do You enjoy the experience? Were you afraid? I have been summons for Jury selection and I am a bit worried, what if it is a mafia case or something like that, it does scare me. What about you?
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@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
9 Feb 08
I have been summoned for jury selection but have not been selected. When you have been chosen for Jury selection you appear at the designated court house. You will be met by a Sheriff's officer and led into a room full of other people who have been asked to come for Jury selection. You may not smoke, eat or drink or chew gum. The process will be explained to the assembled people. Once the court, the judge and the lawyers, the crown prosecutor and the lawyers for the accused are present in the court. If your name is called you step into the court room, state your name and occupation then if both sides agree, you are chosen as a juror. If one side or both sides challenge (do not want you as a juror) you step out and the next person is called until 12 people are chosen. It has been quite a few years but I believe we also got a very small payment for being there. Once you get there you can also ask to be excused. I forgot under what circumstances you can be excused. The officer will explain all that. Don't worry it will be an interesting experience.
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@winterose (39916)
• Canada
9 Feb 08
no there is not compensation for that anymore, only once you have been selected as a jury then here in quebec it is 90 a day unless it goes into over time then more money. they listed all the possible exemptions in the phamplet that they sent, but it is good to know before hand how it takes place, I always like to know everything this is to know beforehand,
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• Canada
9 Feb 08
The process that I described applied to Ontario. I guess the selection process is similar in Quebec. Hope I did not misinform you.
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@GardenGerty (109013)
• United States
9 Feb 08
Yes, I have served on a jury. The first time was frightening as it was a domestic violence case, and our little small town paper, for lack of anything better to do, printed the names of all the jurors. The defendant was a big gorilla looking guy. We had an excellent foreman, and we all felt sorry for the affected family and wished there was more that we could have done, like require counseling for all involved. The second time had to do with a traffic violation, and I did not feel the jury was as intelligent. Our deliberations turned into police bashing and I found that all the people were rather cynical.It has made me view my local police differently.
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@winterose (39916)
• Canada
9 Feb 08
thank you so much for this insight it helps me feel better knowing about someone else's experience. I thought that it was not allowed to publish the names of the jurors, that is down right dangerous
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• Halifax, Nova Scotia
9 Feb 08
ive always wanted to be picked for jury duty.. ive never had the chance :( i think it would be kind of exciting to be part of.. every time ive been in court it was the jury deciding on me.. always wondered how it felt to sit in their shoes :) as for if it were a mafia case.. i would dream of being so lucky haha.. my work also pays for time missed for jury duty.. so id be getting paid from work and the free food etc from jury duty.. id have no complaints :) id also probably be the highest paid juror in the court since i dont think most places pay for time lost if you have to do jury duty.. my union got it covered! :D
@winterose (39916)
• Canada
9 Feb 08
I wanted to be picked when I was much younger but now, I don't know, I feel a bit nervous. My boyfriend says his ex wife served and she was okay with it. other than that everyone else I know went to the court house but was never picked.
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• Halifax, Nova Scotia
9 Feb 08
that would be very disappointing to me if i got to the court house and sat around all day and didnt even get picked :( so close yet so far away haha
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@winterose (39916)
• Canada
9 Feb 08
the process is long sometimes you go three or four times before they finally pick the 12 people they want and you are refused, here the call up 100 people to eventually choose 12
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@mizrae (587)
• United States
9 Feb 08
I hate to burst your expectations, but being called for jury duty in and of itself is very very boring. I was called in for a full week. We all sat in one big room until our number was called (mine never was) reading, putting together jig saw puzzles, doing crosswords, talking very very softly. Unless you are actually approved for a case, most of the time when you get called in is boring! Most of the time, so I heard, was that you wait in the room to be called and the case is settled out of court.
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@winterose (39916)
• Canada
10 Feb 08
why do you think you are bursting my expections? I certainly can figure that part out. I just hope the pick whomever they are going to pick rather quickly. How long are the days waiting though, it is a full day or half a day?
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@mizrae (587)
• United States
10 Feb 08
I'm trying to remember how many hours for a full day, I know we had a lunch break. If you were waiting in queue for a particular case (which we were never told in advance) and the case was settled and nothing else was on the docket we got to go home early; but still had to report the next day. I'm trying to recall the starting time; I think 8:30 am, lunch was staggered, and then around 4:30, maybe 5:00 you would be released. I was there each day Monday through Friday, released early twice, and then once my week was up, my jury duty obligation was completed. I would imagine the hours would be different if you were actually selected to serve as a juror for a particular case.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
10 Feb 08
I have never had to serve jury duty as of yet but I got a letter in the mail a couple of weeks ago saying that I am a potential juror and they may contact me in the near future to serve. I sure don't want to do it at all. I would be afraid to convist someone and have them get out later and come after me. I would hope it is a simple thing and it isn't that harsh, but I still do not want to be the one to sit and judge someone.
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29 May 08
I did jury service once. On the whole, it was boring as sin. I spent most mornings in the two-week period waiting to be called. If I wasn't called by mid-day I'd be sent home. I was called in three cases, all relatively low-level stuff (no mafiosi). The evidence generally boiled down to one man's word against another, and I ended up wishing I could shoot all the witnesses full of truth serum. Two words of advice: Take a book along with you in case you have a long wait before being called. Pack some caffeine pills to keep you alert during the trials.
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@winterose (39916)
• Canada
29 May 08
thanks Stuart, I didn't have to go in the end, the wrote me and told me that trial was cancelled.
@minnie_98214 (10572)
• United States
28 May 08
I have not been called but I did get a letter im on the call in list till september so we will see if they call me in. I am vry opinionated so I doubt I will be asked to actually serve in anything to big.
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@winterose (39916)
• Canada
29 May 08
It ended up that I was not called either, they wrote me a letter and said my term had ended.
@Remmie7 (168)
• United States
28 May 08
I never served on Jury Duty. I was called once but not picked.
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
23 Mar 08
I have never served on a jury, nor have I been called to do so. And to the best of my memory, no one I am close to has ever served on one either. I like the idea of being called to serve jury duty. I think it would be such a fascinating experience. Unfortunately, I would not be able to do such a thing for a few years, because my kids are too young to be left alone. I would have to request removal from jury duty, and hope that I could have another chance when my life and schedule would better allow me to attend.
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• United States
24 Feb 08
I've never been summoned so I haven't served. My mother has served on several occasions. I know my grandfather was summoned at least once, but somehow, he got out of it. They actually called him and told him that he did not have to come in for some odd reason, so he got lucky.
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• Canada
24 Feb 08
I have neer served Jury duty, nor have I been called, but my mother was called up for Jury Duty once. She didn't serve because it turned out that she knew the defendant, and she dind't want to be biased because of this.
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