Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Valhalla (Or the Northeast USA)
Re: Jury Duty
I got called for Grand Jury duty about 3 years ago. There is no way to get out of it (I actually deferred about 6 times). The way it worked for us, there are 4 grand jury teams chosen each month. 2 teams are at the court house close to me and two teams are at two other courthouses further away. Each person could choose which courthouse they wanted their name thrown into the hat for when the courts choose. The other 2 courthouse selections went first, with the people chosen. What happened though, the people who weren't chosen didn't get thrown back into the pool but were excused. This pretty much left it where I had like a 99% chance of getting chosen since the pool to choose from was much smaller.
Ended up doing a full month for Grand Jury duty, and really cant complain. Keep in mind, I still got my full pay from work and still did get into work a few days here and there. Sat through 20+ cases over the month. Didn't need to get into the courthouse most days until around 10am and got out of there by 3pm, so much better than my normal working hours! Interesting as well sitting through cases and then hearing about them on the news.
The shiffy part though, you cannot get out of it regardless of your financial situation. They would tell you flat out when you showed up, and basically took the stance that if it would cause a financial burden, then it is your problem and not theirs. Your only recourse to get out was if you had a dependent.
Fortunately I didn't get chosen for federal grand jury duty as that would be miserable. I would need to commute about 2 hours each way each day for a month for (or you have the option t o only do every Monday which basically means you end up having to do for easily over 6 months!)