I just received a summons for jury service. Anyone here ever served on a jury? I guess I'll be going, but I just realized how little I know about the whole process and am a bit anxious.
My wife and some colleagues have served. Most of the time, one simply shows up on a given day for a limited time period, e.g. one week. Then one is not called for some time - e.g. 3-5 years.honestrosewater said:I just received a summons for jury service. Anyone here ever served on a jury? I guess I'll be going, but I just realized how little I know about the whole process and am a bit anxious.
I'm guessing it means you might know more than their professional "expert" witnesses, so might come to a decision based on your own knowledge rather than the evidence presented.Berislav said:Why would they do that?
If you get called for it, it is compulsory, unless you have a really special circumstance that gets you an exemption for undue hardship if you served (i.e., some terrible illness that would make it difficult for you to sit in a jury box for many hours a day and be able to pay attention; I think teachers can get exemptions during the school year; if you're the only one at your company who can perform some critical job that the company would go under without you there). No payment, it's considered your civic duty. I think they give you some paltry amount, like $5/day, so you can buy lunch, not that you can buy lunch for $5 anywhere near a courthouse.dextercioby said:Unless it's compulsory (i hope not), do you at least get paid for it...? In that case, i'd do it happily.
Re: Scientist or engineer - most lawyers do not want someone with a strong analytical mind. Lawyers afterall are trying to influence a person, particularly pulling at emotions. Logic gets in the way. Hence the system is often less than just - IMO.Berislav said:Why would they do that?