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Old 06-17-2011, 09:17 PM   #11
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Cali has stopped using voting records a while back and goes from drivers license records.

So here's Don's day!
11:00 - left for the courthouse, found parking, walked to the courthouse, waited in line to check in.
12:40 check-in complete. Time for "video"
1:20 - 1:30 Break
1:30 - 3:00 Sat around in the Jury Room until the clerk came in to inform them that the court is still clearing up some unfinished administrative business.... everyone is excused for one year. The judge told them that if they did have time to start selection and they were picked, they anticipated that this trial would last 3 weeks!

Don also asked about retired law enforcement... nope, still has to do jury duty. He forgot to ask about age limit, but did say that there were several folks that appeared to be older than 65 yrs old. I guess he can check back with it when he approaches 65


So Joe, let us know how it goes for you!!! Have fun
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:05 PM   #12
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I have been on notice for the month of June. I call in every Friday and so far they haven't called me. Only one more week to go. One of their questions on the form was "do you have any bumper stickers?". My reply to that question was shoot all drug dealers and users and let God sort them out. So far no action.

I really have no objection to jury duty but in our area teachers are called on a LOT. In the last 40 years I have had a month of on call every other year. I am really getting tired of it. I have friends that have only been on 4 or 5 times in the last 40 years.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:34 PM   #13
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Cali has stopped using voting records a while back and goes from drivers license records.

So here's Don's day!
11:00 - left for the courthouse, found parking, walked to the courthouse, waited in line to check in.
12:40 check-in complete. Time for "video"
1:20 - 1:30 Break
1:30 - 3:00 Sat around in the Jury Room until the clerk came in to inform them that the court is still clearing up some unfinished administrative business.... everyone is excused for one year. The judge told them that if they did have time to start selection and they were picked, they anticipated that this trial would last 3 weeks!

Don also asked about retired law enforcement... nope, still has to do jury duty. He forgot to ask about age limit, but did say that there were several folks that appeared to be older than 65 yrs old. I guess he can check back with it when he approaches 65


So Joe, let us know how it goes for you!!! Have fun
Very much surprised that he does not get an exemption for law enforcement, was he a permanent police officer or an auxiliary? Here in Canada you are exempt as they feel we would be wasting the courts time as we can read through the BS. I do recall many years ago when I was a new Constable working dayshift that I had to attend the courthouse and go out on the street and apprehend people walking by for jury duty as they were short for a major court case. I thought it was strange but that is the law up here.

My wife got called a couple of months ago and all she had to do was phone in and give here date of birth and was excused.
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Old 06-18-2011, 07:07 PM   #14
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To me it is a HONOR to serve on jury duty.. HOWEVER if you have a trip planned and reservations made go see the court clerk or bailiff showing them the reservations and you can get differed to a later date.. they are usually very good about that...
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:04 PM   #15
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Very much surprised that he does not get an exemption for law enforcement, was he a permanent police officer or an auxiliary? .
He was full time for 30 years. I think the two previous times before retirement he checked off current law enforcement and there seemed to be a longer period of time that went by since being called back. Come to think of it, the last time he was called was about a year before he retired back in '06. I guess they figure he won't be working any more cases so maybe now they figure he can do it (?). Oh well.

LOL, on my first jury duty, back in something like 1978, I was 7 months pregnant with my son. I was prepared to say please don't pick me as I experienced the need to urinate far more often (which was true)! I happened to be amongst the first twelve names they called up to the jury box for questioning. Right after they called my name and I started to walk up there, the defense lawyer announced to judge that he felt there was a stipulation in the case because I was married to the officer in charge of the case. The judge excused me right then The next time I went, it wasn't a criminal case but a lawsuit. I was picked and sorta enjoyed it, but those seats weren't very comfy for the 6 or so hours we were there each day.
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I have been on notice for the month of June. I call in every Friday and so far they haven't called me. Only one more week to go. One of their questions on the form was "do you have any bumper stickers?". My reply to that question was shoot all drug dealers and users and let God sort them out. So far no action.
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A month! Wow! and I thought a week on call was bad....
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A month! Wow! and I thought a week on call was bad....
Here for local/state they have a big pool...first you go down to an auditorium with a few thousand of your closest friends and they give you a range of dates you can choose from. As they call the week, you jump up and try to get in line if that is what you want. It is a HUGE cattle call.

So I had a buddy that showed up for his jury duty...they called his name along with a few others and said the ole "come with me". They took them to a courtroom and the judge proceeded to tell them they were fortunate enough to be chosen to sit on the Grand Jury. What did this mean -- 2 to 3 days a month for THREE years...yep...THREE years....and there was no getting out of it. He said if you came to him with an excuse that was not valid in his eye, he would hold you in contempt.

He said it was actually quite interesting, he was on during several of the church burnings and a big mob/strip club owner case. He was amazed at the people that pretty much slept through it and didnt pay attention, knowing that peoples lives and livelihoods were at stake.
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