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I just read magazines all day (no electronics are allowed)
Ugh. Wonder why that is? You're not even allowed your cell phone?

I could understand not being allowed to have them in the courtroom itself though.


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Ugh. Wonder why that is? You're not even allowed your cell phone?

I could understand not being allowed to have them in the courtroom itself though.
We were allowed devices as long as we weren't in the courtroom.
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I was called for jury duty, spent a week in a waiting room only to gave the big time drug dealer suddenly have a change of heart and plead guilty!

It's illegal in the UK to say anything about ba trial you were on the jury of. It's considered contempt of court.

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When living in California I must have been called 10 times, but exercised my exemption each time. Today I doubt I'd ever be seated in a criminal case and would dread being on a civil case. Y..a..w..n.

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Its very interesting to see. The only problem is the impact on your time.

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I get called up to report fairly often. In fact, the courts and I have a date in May.

I'd genuinely like to serve on a jury. I'd love to see the process by which they weigh evidence and credibility of witnesses and reach a verdict. Fat chance, though. As a former prosecutor and current defense attorney in civil cases, it's a sure bet that someone will want me the hell off of a jury.
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I was called for jury duty, spent a week in a waiting room only to gave the big time drug dealer suddenly have a change of heart and plead guilty!

It's illegal in the UK to say anything about ba trial you were on the jury of. It's considered contempt of court.
Matt: In Texas, for as long as you're active on either the jury panel or the jury, you cannot discuss any facet of the case until you are dismissed from service! Then you are free to talk about it with anyone until the chickens literally come home to roost!

But for as long as you are continually a part of it, you are always admonished by the presiding judge not to actively discuss the case, nor execute any independent computer research on any of the details of the case!

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Called back in 2009. Helped me miss three days of work at a place I despised with all my fiber.

One was first day, show up... no case. Next I was chosen for the jury. Other was as an alternate,

everyone showed so I went home. The one I sat for, harassment brought against an X bf by X gf.

She was a piece of work, took us 45 minutes to be unanimous in not guilty.

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Ugh. Wonder why that is? You're not even allowed your cell phone?

I could understand not being allowed to have them in the courtroom itself though.
In my county, they don't allow any cell phones, tablets, laptops, or cameras...nothing electronic. It is excruciatingly boring! The last 2 times I was there, they put in a movie for everyone to watch on all of the monitors. It was the same movie both times and the worse part is they show it in the morning and again in the afternoon. I can never watch "The Blind Side" again!
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When living in California I must have been called 10 times, but exercised my exemption each time. Today I doubt I'd ever be seated in a criminal case and would dread being on a civil case. Y..a..w..n.

You are the only person who has mentioned an exemption so far, I am exempt from serving also. My state still sends out a summons to people with exemptions so far I've been summoned about 7 or 8 times.
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You are the only person who has mentioned an exemption so far, I am exempt from serving also. My state still sends out a summons to people with exemptions so far I've been summoned about 7 or 8 times.
That's the way it is/was in California too and how I racked up so many. I live in Minnesota now and no longer have it, but have never been called.


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In my state a new rule was made that if you are called for Jury Duty you can call the court and request a specific day to show up.

Once you do, it's very easy to get out of it all you need to do is say it will adversely affect your work or any number of reasons you might find yourself biased.

Last time I was called, after hearing a brief summary on what the case was about, we were dismissed into the hallway and I immediately used my cellphone to read about the case so if it was necessary to self disqualify, I could state that as far as I'm concerned the defendent is guilty and then I'd refer to something I read about online. I would not have said I read about it on my phone in the hallway, that could have gotten me slapped with a contempt charge or something. I would have said I read about it beforehand and was familiar with the case. But I didn't have to go there, I watched as several other people simply said it would be a hardship and the judge immediately excused them without question.
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