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Jury duty 1 week 5 days ago #1

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How does jury selection work in your country? Here in Canada, they randomly select people from the voters list, and if you don't show up, you can be charged with contempt of court.

Back in September was the first time I'd been summoned for jury selection. Luckily I was excused from the process, but it was still a very stressful experience. The case I was summoned to was particularly nasty, so the trial was expected to take 6 months to complete!

I understand it's our civic duty, but it still feels like you're being punished for being a law-abiding citizen (criminals obviously don't qualify as jurors). With the exception of the case that I was on, jurors usually aren't paid for the first couple of weeks either, and even after that, the pay is very poor.

What are your thoughts on jury duty? Do you think it's fair that citizens are required by law to serve?

Jury duty 1 week 1 day ago #2

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It's pretty much the same in the U.S., well, at least in Florida it is. I was called last month but was excused from serving after I wasn't chosen to serve on a case. We're called from the motor vehicle list, but it seems that I get called an awful lot, every couple of years, or so, it sure doesn't seem "at random" as we're told. We use to be called from the voters list, but it was deemed less fair.

Jury duty 1 week 1 day ago #3

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I have never been selected for jury duty (I don't know if that's lucky or not...) but I think that if I were to get chosen to serve on a big case, I might enjoy it somewhat. I love all those courtroom dramas and I would certainly enjoy being in one.

Jury duty 1 week 8 hours ago #4

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Zara wrote:
I have never been selected for jury duty (I don't know if that's lucky or not...) but I think that if I were to get chosen to serve on a big case, I might enjoy it somewhat. I love all those courtroom dramas and I would certainly enjoy being in one.

Trust me, you're lucky. I've heard of some people being in major debt after serving as a juror, because the pay is so bad.

Haha yeah, when I was in the holding room with the other jurors, a man that I was sitting with said he secretly wanted to be chosen for the same reason.

I'm glad I wasn't eligible though, because my grandma passed away a few weeks ago, and I know it would've been a hassle to get out of jury duty to attend her funeral.