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My Jury Duty Nightmare Continues

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In the so-sad-it’s-funny category, after my 2-month long ordeal serving on the grand jury in July-Aug, I’ve been summoned for jury duty again–this time trial jury.

So I am once again at the courthouse, waiting to do my civic duty. The only saving grace is that I’m a standby juror so I have a better chance of not being assigned to a trial. I hope.

Sigh.

 

Originally published at EugieFoster.com. You can comment here or there.

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On November 8th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
It does, but they apply to the specific type of jury duty. I'm off the hook for grand jury service for two (I think it's two) years but still eligible for trial jury. 'Least I should be done for a couple years from trial jury too after today.
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On November 8th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Actually as it turns out, it's not even two years; it's only eighteen months. Sigh.

I thought when I was summoned for grand jury service it would provide lotso writing material, but in the end, it was just incredibly tedious and depressing. I took some notes, but I just have no interest in re-visiting the experience any time soon.
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On November 8th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC), amysisson replied:
Wow, they must have a serious shortage of registered voters (or whatever they use for the jury pool) in GA.

Actually, it's more likely a shortage of people who respond to the summons -- and the state can't or won't enforce in any meaningful fashion.

Last time I served here in Texas, the judge told us that only 14% of people who are sent the jury duty summons respond. The rest just pretend they don't get them -- and nothing happens to them. (He meant it as a "thank you" but he was also in effect telling us nothing will happen if we don't respond next time!)

Personally, I think jury service of any kind should get you off the hook for all jury service -- and also across jurisdictions. So county trial service should get you out of city municipal service too. It's not as if they can't just ask us to provide our documentation as proof of service.

And the grand jury thing is particularly egregious. In my opinion, poor Eugie should be off the hook for all jury service for at least five years!
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On November 8th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC), mtfay commented:
On an unrelated note...
Did you guys spend the weekend with Scalzi? His blog mentioned something about hypercognitive mustelids...
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On November 8th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: On an unrelated note...
Hah! Nope, it wasn't our hypercognitive mustelid John was referring to. But now I'm really curious.
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On November 8th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC), alan_yee commented:
During the 40-plus years my aunt has lived in Seattle, she's been summoned to jury duty *at least* six or seven times and was actually selected for a jury at least once. It makes me wonder if the Powers That Be like Chinese women to serve on juries.
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On November 8th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC), yukinooruoni commented:
I think maybe you're getting my goes too ...

I haven't been invited to go play, and I'd rather like to :(
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On November 8th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC), lmeighmy commented:
I hate jury duty, but mainly because I'm shy and feel very uncomfortable around a lot of people I don't know. I hope you don't have to serve. I'm sure you'd much rather be writing. :)
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