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Old 01-08-05, 09:05 PM
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Jury Duty - tips?

So I go in for Jury Duty on Monday - being unemployed and looking for work this couldn't have come at a worse time. It's something I wouldn't mind doing - just at the right time, of course I suppose there never is a perfect time...

So... I filled out my questionaire and mailed it in - I did check yes to "being vicitim of a crime." I'm not sure if vehicle theft/vandalism is what they were getting at, but it counted imo(recent too)... Will that be enough to get me out?

Any other reasonable things I could do in order to not get picked? Don't think I'm courageous enough for any fake tatoos or anything of that sort...
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Old 01-08-05, 09:07 PM
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As they ask questions, you point to the defendant and say, "that's her/him" at random times.
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Old 01-08-05, 09:12 PM
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Jury Duty - tips?
It's customary to give the judge $20, each of the lead attorneys $10, and $5 to the defendant.
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15 - 20% is customary
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Originally Posted by Groucho
It's customary to give the judge $20, each of the lead attorneys $10, and $5 to the defendant.
Aren't you bananad?
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Watch a whole bunch of Perry Mason episodes before you go.
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Old 01-08-05, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Groucho
It's customary to give the judge $20, each of the lead attorneys $10, and $5 to the defendant.
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Whatever you do take something to keep yourself entertained. You will spent the majority of your time waiting outside the courtroom. The last time I went I think I may have spent a total of 1 hour for the choosing of the jury. The rest of the time is just sitting and waiting.
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Tell them you learned everything you know about the jury system from Pauly Shore. Then do this:


"THE CHAIR!!! THE CHAIR!!!"

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Old 01-09-05, 01:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Artman
So... I filled out my questionaire and mailed it in - I did check yes to "being vicitim of a crime." I'm not sure if vehicle theft/vandalism is what they were getting at, but it counted imo(recent too)... Will that be enough to get me out?
Not necessarily.The one time I had jury duty,i got called up and when they asked about being victim to a crime,i told them abot my car being stolen and stuff and they ended up picking me for the jury.
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Old 01-09-05, 02:12 AM
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It's your duty....suck it up and go.
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Old 01-09-05, 03:54 AM
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Well, I would suggest wearing a Star Trek uniform, but apparently not even that will get you of jury duty.

Has anyone tried asking them to repeat questions to you like you're hard of hearing? "I'm sorry, could you repeat that question?" "Have I ever what? I couldn't understand you." "Do I know someone named what? I didn't catch that name."
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Originally Posted by Josh-da-man
Has anyone tried asking them to repeat questions to you like you're hard of hearing? "I'm sorry, could you repeat that question?" "Have I ever what? I couldn't understand you." "Do I know someone named what? I didn't catch that name."
And if they seem to not believe you, tell them you have an unexplained sudden hearing loss...
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Old 01-09-05, 09:19 AM
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When I was in law school, I talked to more than one judge who basically hinted that they can see through people lying about things to try and get jury duty, and will occasionally put them on the jury anyways. Just a word of warning if you're gonna try anything like that.
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Go and be on time. When placed in a pool, answer all questions honestly. If picked, serve to the best of your ability.
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Old 01-09-05, 12:33 PM
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Just say you are prejudiced against all races.
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Old 01-09-05, 01:20 PM
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Just say you are prejudiced against all races.
On the contrary, I think that would make you the most impartial candidate.
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Masturbate and moan loudly during juror examinations.


Worked for me.
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Old 01-09-05, 01:51 PM
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Actually, make sure you do get picked. Then you get paid for service and mileage.
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Old 01-09-05, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by devilshalo
Actually, make sure you do get picked. Then you get paid for service and mileage.
I don't think they pay as much as unemployment (which I would not recieve during jury duty, as it is the one day may cost me that wk's check) and that's time away from job searching and interviews.

I'll go and be honest, and hope for the best...
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