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Five Easy Steps for Surviving Jury Duty

Our man goes deep undercover inside one of the most feared requirements our government puts on non-criminal citizens over the age of 18: jury duty.

 

The envelope said it all. My sorry ass had been summoned to jury duty. Bummer. But I decided to approach jury duty in a different light—as a journalist writing a piece for Primer.

You might hear that serving is a civic duty—one of the most important things we can do as members of a civilized society. I don’t know about that. I live in Washington, DC where public schools are nationally ranked as one of the very worst. If you’re on trial—and innocent—your fate could be in some questionable hands.

As the moment of jury selection approached, I began to dread the possibility of serving on a seven-week trial, like Primer’s Andrew Snavely. Can you spell nightmare?

What You Need to Know About Jury Duty

Let’s deal with the boring stuff first: You’re summoned. Fill out the mailer (or do so online), mark your calendar, tell your boss you’ve been summoned, and—fingers crossed—you won’t be selected. If you are selected, you’ll receive a stipend from the government and metro fare.

Speaking of public transportation—it sucks. The good news is if you’re late, you’ll just get a warning. “Just don’t let it happen again.” (Like you’ll remember that in two years). You’re invited to take a seat in the Juror Lounge (AKA: A big room with lots of chairs). I took my seat and ate a protein bar (hooray breakfast!).

You’ll watch a super awesome “Welcome to Jury Duty” video. I kept telling myself to pay attention—future article, future article! But my mind wandered … the video was just too boring. The only thing I got from the entire video was, under no circumstances were we to eat in the lounge. Oops. Then someone opened a bag of Doritos.

Next up, a woman walked to a podium from which she introduces herself. “Attention, I have an update. There are no updates at this time.” She later returned—this time, with updates! The first panel was to be assembled. She warned that she might mispronounce some names as she called the list and corresponding juror numbers.

After her microphone died, she tried shouting, but that didn’t work. A potential juror snapped and asked, “Why doesn’t she just use her damn microphone?” Imagine that woman on your jury.

The government employee ventured off to find a battery. She enlisted a coworker to assist in the battery hunt begging the question … how many government employees does it take to fix a microphone?

Selected jurors (including yours truly, you lucky dog. Now you get to see how the system works!) were lead into the hallway. And then lead to another hallway. And then required to form four single file lines. After our numbers were called again, we were ushered into the courtroom in groups of fourteen.

I smiled so wide, I looked like I slept with a hanger in my mouth. Forget Primer’s article! I knew the lawyer! I’d be dismissed!

This day wouldn’t be so bad after all! Furthermore, I came prepared.

Step 1: Food

You’re summoned for 8:30 am. Assuming you’ve got a 9-5 routine, breakfast shouldn’t be hard for you to figure out. If you, like me, work from home, eating as you’ve got one foot out the door might take practice. Factor in rush hour traffic, finding a parking spot near your metro stop, and commute time. If you want to make breakfast, you’ll have to wake up even earlier. Gross. Go with something quick and easy. In other words, pancakes from scratch ain’t happening.

Most of your time will be spent sitting. Waiting. Falling asleep. You’re going to get hungry. The courthouse approves fifteen minute breaks at your request, but know this: If you exit the court room, you’ll have to stand in line, have your items x-rayed and step through a metal detector (just like DC public schools!) to get back in. Do what I did: Bring a few protein bars.

Lunchtime is around one, so they said, but in my experience, it was closer to two. We were given an hour. I’ve seen that Law & Order show once or twice. You know what the lawyers always eat on their lunch breaks? Hot dogs. I got two hot dogs, chips and a soda for four bucks. Can’t beat it … unless you have that amazing combo in your town for 3.50. Do you? Because … awesome.

Oh, and stock up on water, because rusty water fountains are gross, and surprisingly, hot dogs have a lot of sodium in them.

Step 2: Entertainment

iPad. Bring it. The poor soul sitting next to me in the lounge had no form of entertainment. No book, no newspaper, no Gameboy! In DC, the courthouse provides wifi. I was able to get a lot of work done. Another guy caught up on a whole lot of Family Guy.

We were told to turn off all electronics before entering the courtroom, which would have rendered my entertainment absolutely useless. Luckily, DC thrives on blinding incompetence and no one noticed that my iPad was on. If there are competent government officials where you live, have a backup plan, like a magazine or an actual book made from actual paper.

Step 3: Here Comes the Money

Or really, there goes the money. You might not break the bank if you’re summoned for a standard one week trial. But if you get selected for Grand Jury Service, you could spend a lot of time at the courthouse.

It doesn’t hurt to plan ahead when you first receive your summons since you don’t know how long you’ll be serving. Sock away a little extra cash in the event that you’re selected for a seven week trial. You’ll be glad you have a little cushion to fall back on.

Sure, you’ll receive a small stipend for your service, but it is just that—a small stipend. In California, jurors receive fifteen dollars a day, in DC, jurors receive thirty dollars. State laws do not require employers to compensate employees for the time they serve in jury duty, although some employers offer jury leave compensation. You need to check with your employer.

Being frugal is of utmost importance when you’re rakin’ in the measly juror service fee. Unless you want to eat hot dogs every day, pack your own lunch. And if you aren’t selected, you can use all the money you’ve saved to buy like, ten copies of my book just in time for the holidays!

Step 4: Patience

Inside the courtroom, it goes like this: The judge asks a series of questions and then calls each potential juror up to the bench— approximately forty people—one by one to discuss concerns.

It is a tedious process. Embrace it. We were kept waiting twenty minutes when we returned from lunch. Everyone complained about the delay. Not me. The longer they took, the better. See it’s like this: If you’re dismissed early in the selection process, you have to return to the lounge where you could be called to another panel. And that might be the one where you get selected. Yucky. So if you’re one of the last candidates (I was) to be called to the bench, relish in your luckiness.

Knowing the lawyer got me instantly dismissed. By this time, the court day was so close to 4 p.m., I was sent home. See you in two years!

Step 5: Optimism

I feared the worst. I’d be the one (along with the eleven other losers and two alternates) stuck on a trial. You might get a boring trial, where you know the defendant is guilty, but you’re stuck listening to crap for three days.

But maybe … just maybe you get selected to one of those juror panels where Gene Hackman tries to intimidate you. Awesome!

What do you do if you actually get chosen? Well, someone either broke the law or they didn’t. It’s your job to listen to the facts and make an (educated??) decision. As for how it feels to show up daily for a small stipend and go crazy listening to lawyers, testimony, and witness accounts … I don’t know how that feels. You’ll have to ask Andrew.

About

Kenneth Suna is a writer and full time, self-employed stock trader who lives in Washington, D.C. His first novel, Roman, was recently published. Follow him @KennethSuna.

 
  • Max

    This article disgusts me. The author needs to man up and pay his dues to society. Their piece is ignorantly written and makes me embarrased for the author. As an employee of the government, I’ve stood in my fair share of lines. I’ve also slept in mud hole and waited for hours inside HMMWVs in the blistering sun while being bracketed by mortars. Count your blessings it was jury duty, you schmuck, you wouldn’t last anywhere else.

    P.S. If you think the government is so incompetent, do something to fix it. Of the people, for the people.

    • Nellie

      As a government employee, you really are a num-nut and stupid enough to waller in mud! The author was right on and you don’t have a clue, Max. You government people are rude, slow and according to your statement, dumb as pigs in mud!

  • Mike

    Max, please calm down as this is not an attempt to dismiss the privilege but rather to stimulate a rather boring part of societal duty. It says nothing about the government being incompetent (other than the iPad tidbit). We get that you’re a soldier and have done a great service for the country, but condemning others that feel less patriotic will not boost that said “Of the people, for the people” attitude.

    Netiquette is needed within your post Max.

    As for the article, it was educational for myself.

  • walter

    Good article KS. I’ve used similar tactics to make the day pretty good.

    What’s step 3?

    As for Max’s comments, I’ll just ditto what Mike stated.

  • MVB

    @Mike

    You wrote: “[This article] is not an attempt to dismiss the privilege [of jury service] but rather to stimulate a rather boring part of societal duty.” I disagree with this statement.

    Kenneth Suna explicitly dismisses jury service early in the article: “You might hear that serving is a civic duty—one of the most important things we can do as members of a civilized society. I don’t know about that.” In this context, the phrase “I don’t know about that” is synonymous with “I don’t think so.”

    Kenneth expresses concern about the “questionable hands” of jurors, but he then absolves himself of personal responsibility. It is reasonable for us to consider Kenneth personally capable of jury service, given some of the thoughtful content he has written for Primer. But, rather than regard jury service as an opportunity to ensure that this responsibility is placed in capable hands (namely, his own), Kenneth hopes to avoid selection for trial.

    This article is also written from the perspective that jury service is dull and something to be dreaded. (I say this in spite of Kenneth’s half-hearted “Step 5: Optimism,” which is actually quite pessimistic.) I think this attitude, when applied to almost all situations, will yield a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    The very concept of boredom reflects discredit on our social need for constant entertainment and instant gratification. There was a thoughtful article on the attributes of an “educated man” on the Art of Manliness recently (Oct. 30, 2011), and Brett McKay contends that one of the essential traits of such a man is that he can entertain himself.

    Brett continues, “Of course these days, with an iPhone always at hand, amusing yourself isn’t very difficult. Anyone can surf or text the boredom away. The real test for the modern educated man is the ability to entertain himself when technology isn’t available or is not socially acceptable to whip out. Can you entertain yourself at a boring meeting, while camping, while conversing at a dinner party? The educated man can, and he does it, ironically enough, by retaining an important ability of his childhood—curiosity. The educated man is insatiably curious about the world around him and other people. In any situation, he sees something to learn, study, and observe. If he’s stuck somewhere with neither phone nor company, he uses the time to untangle a philosophical problem he’s been wrestling with; the mind of the educated man is a repository of ideas that he can pull out and examine to pass the time in any situation.”

    I remember one of my teachers in high school would respond to students’ complaints of boredom by saying, “Boredom is a symptom of a weak intellect.” Wise words, especially in Latin class.

    These attributes of intellectual refinement and curiosity are virtues for which all men should strive. Kenneth observes, “The poor soul sitting next to me in the lounge had no form of entertainment. No book, no newspaper, no Gameboy!” (Gasp!) Heaven forbid we should have to actively use our brains, or our imagination, to pass the time.

    Mike, have you ever been summoned or selected for jury service? I find that may people to voice their opinions about jury service have no personal experience, and it would be helpful to put your comment into context.

  • Brien

    I would serve on juries every day if I could afford it. That is really the only factor for me.

  • BenL

    Great Post MVB.

    I did not especially care for the tone of this article, either.

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

    Hey guys, thanks for the interesting feedback on the article. I assure you it was done with the best of lighthearted intentions, and isn’t supposed to comment on the veracity of jury duty or one’s important civic responsibility – just the fact that jury duty is akin to being summoned to the DMV at peak hours. I do apologize if the joke was lost in either tone or content, it was not either of our intentions to belittle responsibility or the incredible freedom we enjoy.

    As Kenneth mentioned in the article, I served on a jury for seven weeks, so I assure you I can speak from personal experience. I can tell you though, after serving for almost two months that the jury duty experience – is bullshit. You get paid $15 PER DAY, regardless if you’re there for 3 days or 7 weeks like I was. There is no requirement for employers to pay a percentage of salary, or any other form of income aid for jurors. Ok, that’s the cost of living in a free society I guess.

    Unfortunately the jurors, even once on a jury, are the bottom of the totem pole. They tell you to show up at 8 AM. If you’re late, you can be reprimanded. Except the judge nor the lawyers are ready until 11, which means the jurors are literally sitting in the hallway on the floor until then.

    Then they get started, but lunch is at 12:30, and that lasts for 2 hours. So you come back in two hours, and sit on the floor until 3:30, 4 o’clock. You’re in court for another hour and a half then they send you home. It’s a complete misuse of the jurors’ time. If you’re not going to make the experience the least bit comfortable at the very least make use of the jurors time when they’re there. I can tell you it was a huge financial strain to not be paid for almost 2 months. As I imagine, it would be for any guy in his 20′s.

    None of this is supposed to comment on jury duty being harder or worse than serving in the military. Of course not, that would be ridiculous. People who volunteer to risk their lives for the rest of us, to protect our rights and freedom, do something most people could never do, and they’re heroes. We’re not trying to align the two at all. Jury duty is one of the only things that comes to mind that a normal everyday citizen is called to do, and it could be done better. At least in my experience, you feel like they’re treating you like YOU’RE on trial. Which should not be the case.

    This is not to say anything bad about a trial by peers. I was very impressed at how my jury was really made up of every race and demographic. Old young, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, everyone was there, and everyone was really nice and intelligent.

    The article MVB cites from AoM is a great one, though I’m sure Brett would also agree that an educated man would probably know to bring some materials with him.

    In any case, thanks for reading and commenting, we may end up agreeing to disagree but I hope you know Kenneth and I only had the best of intentions and weren’t trying to make serious judgment on the people or duty.

    Andrew,
    Editor & Founder

  • Phil

    5 easy steps?? I wouldn’t want Kenneth or microphone lady on my jury.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

      Haha, that was bad formatting on my part from his original article. I’m working on getting it formatted in there. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Chris

    Thanks to the self-important and over-entitled tone of this article’s author, this submission made the decision to permanently delete the primermagazine.com bookmark from my computer an easy one.

  • Phil

    It’s all good Andrew, and Chris don’t you think that’s a little extreme?
    I had no idea about the $15 a day. I’ve been summoned for Jury duty 3 times and ironically have been overseas each time (I’m really not overseas that much). I always thought that it would be a cool experience and could never really understand why it has such a bad rap. But sitting on a hall floor half a day for 7 weeks starving and waiting with not so much as free coffee sounds less like public service and more like hell.

  • Roger

    Wow, the comments are filled with crazy today. Don’t take it personally guys.

    One of the things I love about Primer is that unlike other sites, you guys sprinkle in these humor articles.

    The tone and joke was received loud and clear for this reader, keep up the awesome work guys.

  • http://www.itsamiracletheyaintdeadyet.com Kenneth

    Step 3: Mea Culpa, partially.

    I don’t know what happened to Step 3, but it seems useful now for my response to your comments.

    Max, you will note that I did in fact go to the courthouse, rather than offer an excuse or skip out entirely. I fully intended to “contribute to society.” I dealt with the situation as presented, which offered opportunity for a humorous response to obvious poor management and snide comments made by potential jury duty peers.

    I honor the service of our men and women in our military, but comparing jury duty to war is like … comparing jury duty to WAR.

    My quip about jury duty being our civic duty, MVB, was not meant to dismiss the idea of jury duty, but intended as a jab to our “civilized society.”  I don’t think I’m alone when I say a many folks (unlike Brien) hope we’re NOT selected. We know it’s a citizen’s duty to serve on juries. We know we are privileged to live in a society that promotes this kind of democracy, however the unknown element of serving—the duration of any given trial—remains worrisome for many individuals.

    Using our brains to pass the time? Something tells me the people who came unprepared were not using their brains … for anything. Yet, what a novel idea! I used my brain to write this article which stimulated such good discussion. 

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, Mike and Walter. We’re pretty lucky to have a democracy which allows for this kind of discussion. On the contrary, I am a patriotic American who sees need for improvement in many areas of our government and our personal interactions.

    BENL, sorry you didn’t enjoy my tone. Often, attempts at criticism cloaked in humor fall flat on some readers.

    Chris, you are dismissed from Primer Magazine duty.

  • chriss

    The easiest way to survive jury duty is to not participate at all. When you fill out the questionnaire, just explain that you are a racist, sexist, neo-Nazi formerly convicted of several crimes. You’ll never get chosen.

  • Peter Michael

    I have some sympathy for the author. For one, I’m a professional writer and understand the difficulty in what he’s trying to achieve here. I also spent a long, stressful part of my summer serving on the jury in a first degree murder trial. Like Kenneth, I turned my experience into a magazine piece, which was subsequently judged just as harshly by that publication’s comments section, albiet for the verdict we reached and not for my tone. My issue with this story isn’t that it attempts to to make jury duty into something funny. I do not stick my nose in the air, put a monocle to my eye, and huff that the writer has no sense of respect for a solemn institution. Anything can be funny. A writer can make a funeral hilarious if he does it the right way.
    I am offended because rather than find anything truly humorous about the process – and there are funny things about it – Kenneth seems to have assumed that by simply adopting a smirk he’s being funny, when what he’s done is write a lazy, humorless story. “We were led around hallways and I couldn’t eat! Isn’t that comedy gold!” No. It’s not. Yes there are people concerned about the time it can take out of their lives if they’re called to serve, but the fact that you complete miss all the other reasons people are apprehensive about the service (judging another human being, for one) comes off as obscenely self-involved. You can only make serious issues like this funny if you acknowledge and understand the reasons they are considered serious to begin with. Whether or not Kenneth has done that personally doesn’t matter to the reader because it never makes its way into this post.
    All of which I would forgive except for the fact that Kenneth seems to blame other people in the comments section for not finding his work funny rather than considering the idea that he didn’t do his homework, instead assuming that whatever he rattled off at his keyboard in 30 minutes would be inherently funny.
    Kenneth’s article is offensive and stupid not because it is comedic and irreverant, but because it is sneering and unmanly.

  • http://www.itsamiracletheyaintdeadyet.com Kenneth

    Peter, not every line in my essay was intended to provoke laughs. The hallway descriptions simply conveyed poor organization.

    As for judging another human being … do jurors judge the person or do jurors listen to the facts presented by both attorneys, and then with a group of one’s peers, determine which set of facts hold sway? The verdict should reflect the facts.

    My article IS self-involved. Easy steps for surviving jury duty is different from a serious treatise on how to deal with one’s moral code.

  • Andrew Carlson

    I’m going to be honest, Kenneth seems to make a lot of sense to me. I don’t think he was downplaying the importance of the system, but merely wrote an article that explained how to participate in a more efficient/entertaining/thrifty way.

    As far as the argument that sitting there and being disciplined enough to not even twiddle your thumbs = being a man, I think that’s just not right. I’m sorry. The idea of bringing an iPad so that you can get work done seems about 7x smarter if you ask me.

  • Peter Michaels

    But you’re so wrapped up in yourself you don’t realize you aren’t entertaining, you’re a bore.
    But every line’s not intended to be funny, you say. Except for the previous comments when you defended yourself by saying that people just didn’t get your fun, comedic take. “Attempts at criticism cloaked in humor.” It’s interesting how your intention changes based on whatever the criticism is.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

      Peter, at this point I’m not sure what your argument is here. You made your comment, you didn’t like the piece. We got it. If you don’t enjoy what we’re doing, you’re welcome to read free content elsewhere on the internet.

  • Laura

    Loved this article! Every one should move to Europe. We get 30 vacation days. Paid. Sick? we get that paid too. Jury duty? We don’t have that here. There is no our government would let just anybody serve jury duty. And even if it did, we would totally get paid for it as well. SUCKERS!

  • http://www.urbansophistic.com Troy

    I loved the article, too, especially (and this is so ironic) because I have to report for jury duty in Maryland next week!

    And to all the uptight, self-righteous people who decided to become moral edicts in the comment section… there’s a better place for you to find your entertainment. Pat Robertson and the 700 Club.

    Get lost!

  • MVB

    @Chris

    You wrote: “Thanks to the self-important and over-entitled tone of this article’s author, this submission made the decision to permanently delete the primermagazine.com bookmark from my computer an easy one.”

    Seriously?

    I don’t think that’s an especially reasonable response, when one encounters a difference of opinion. Further, this is one article by one contributing author. Unless this is “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” and you have taken exception to content elsewhere on the site, this is an extreme reaction.

  • Adam

    I dig the article. Jury duty is far from fun, and this definitely captures the overall annoyances found with being pulled away from your life and work (while barely making any money for sometimes weeks or months). Some of the comments from overly sensitive people are quite hilarious, as well!

  • MVB

    My earlier comment was not directed as ‘ad hominem’ criticism of the author, Kenneth Suna. I hold Primer Magazine, its editor and contributing authors in high regard; and I appreciate their effort to provide readers with thoughtful, instructive and free web content.

    I think the personal criticism expressed in some of the other comments, which question Kenneth’s patriotism, defame his integrity, etc. based on the content of a single article, is misplaced and inappropriate.

    The article and the subsequent commentary have presented some thought-provoking questions. In cases where I disagree with the article, I have presented counter-arguments respectfully.
    __

    @Andrew Carlson

    You wrote: “As far as the argument that sitting there and being disciplined enough to not even twiddle your thumbs = being a man, I think that’s just not right. I’m sorry. The idea of bringing an iPad so that you can get work done seems about 7x smarter if you ask me.”

    I hope that’s not the conclusion you drew from my comment, or from Brett McKay’s article on Art of Manliness. However, there is a meaningful distinction to be made between work and entertainment. I hope that we can all agree that there are better ways to spend one’s time than playing Fruit Ninja or Angry Birds.

    I agree that trying to be productive while waiting for jury selection is a great idea. Bringing a laptop or iPad can help ensure that time spent waiting is not time wasted.

    This is an especially important concern, given that your employer is required to compensate you for a certain number of days of service. (So, if you only serve one day and are not selected for a trial, your employer has essentially paid you a full day’s salary to sit around and wait all day.)

  • Colby

    I think the issue that I share with other readers is that we are looking for well-researched and thoughtful articles, and we feel disappointed when this is not the case. While I appreciate humor and sarcasm, I am also looking for a meaningful message. While reading this article, like other articles on primer, I get the feeling that I am reading a high-schooler’s essay paper they had knocked out during their half-hour lunch break before class. It exists simply because the author needed it to exist. I get the feeling that the author did not care about the quality of the content, but rather only about getting SOMETHING on paper.

    In the future, I would be excited to see articles with more substance. I want to know that the author has developed a thorough understanding on the subject through research/experience. By reading the article, I want to learn more than what is merely common knowledge.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

      Colby, I’m sorry the free content we produce isn’t up to your standards. You’re welcome to contribute something better or read other websites.

  • Nick

    Andrew keeps pointing it out but I guess some don’t realize it. This website is FREE to read. You aren’t being charged to read the articles, you aren’t being forced to visit this website. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to INSULT the author. Either provide a respectable opinion or go away.

    And Andrew, I hope you don’t worry too much about some of the people who replied. For every commentor with a chip on their shoulder, there’s a bunch of other people who visit your website regularly who just don’t comment.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

      Thanks Nick! It’s certainly frustrating at times, but there ain’t no stoppin this crazy train. :)

  • http://www.itsamiracletheyaintdeadyet.com Kenneth

    haters gonna hate :)

  • http://PrimerMagazine RandyP

    Thanks for the article; the “free” article, may I add. As far as everyone else that have been so judgmental: c’mon, really?? I’m sure that, when you guys are shopping at the mall or the store, you don’t go up to the store manager and complain about the stores selling porn, cigarettes, alcohol, overpriced items, about people using profanities, women that show a little too much, or other “offensive” things and ideas. When reading the online content, act like you were shopping at the store–take what you want and leave! You left your self-righteous and judgmental attitude and comments at the door when you walked into the mall or the market; then leave your judgments off of the cyber-pages here! This website is meant as a “primer” for young men. Let’s start with a bit of maturity and intelligence and use our freedom-of-speech rights with some discretion and tact, as some of the readers have done (kudos); be examples of thoughtful and tactful men, using words filled with wisdom and concern for others rather than acting harshly and rashly. Being a male is easy; being a man is a learned responsibility. Thanks to Primer for providing their thoughts and ideas…..at their expense.

  • Ricardo

    Andrew:
    ” I can tell you though, after serving for almost two months that the jury duty experience – is bullshit. ”

    That quote just made you my favorite magazine editor. Ever. lol.

    Also, folks please keep in mind that this is a entertainment/lifestyle magazine, and NONE of the content on this website should bring about feelings of legitimate anger. Remember, a gentleman
    (which everyone reading this magazine strives to be, I’d imagine) cares not only about how the world perceives him, but how HE perceives the world. We should always be aware of things that create in us feelings of anger, SO THAT WE MAY CONTROL THEM more effectively.

    Primer is among my favorite websites to visit becuase it’s not everywhere (especially on the internet) that you can find a place where you can always chime in your input on a subject matter AND not be disrepected for it. The practice of freedom of speech (easily a more valuable civil duty than Jury Duty) thrives here, and it’s RESPECT that allows it to.

  • Erick

    I’ve never had to serve on a jury but I did have to wait the full eight hours in a room until I was told I was disqualified for being a student. I don’t know why I had to wait, I told them I was a student when I first signed in. Eh, either way Kenneth and Andrew are right. The management of the system is inefficient and it becomes a huge financial burden to those freshly out of college trying to make it out on the world.

    Its been two years since I last had to report to a courtroom in California and I’m dreading the day I’ll have to report to a DC courtroom. Kenneth, if I ever find myself in with you in the same jury selection process here in DC I can rest easy knowing you know how to survive the ordeal. We can grab a celebratory beer after we’re dismissed.

  • Young Man

    Thank you for writing this, I have jury duty tomorrow and I got on my computer tonight to vent while I finished getting ready. But instead of that I found this article, I now know more about what will happen and I hope this information will be helpful. I feel much better, despite my strong feelings of the dirt bags that waist out countries money and time, but now I can go there with a clear head and get through this. Thank you very much you have put my mind at ease.

    P.S. I hope they let me use my I-pod while I wait, after all most people where I live are incompetent at almost everything XD

  • imsailing

    In the county I live in in CA, we get summoned every single year, not every 2 years. I think every year is excessive. I can’t believe we get paid 1/2 of what they pay in DC!!! & that is double what it was years ago….it was only $7 a day then. We also get paid mileage….but get this……wait for it…….only for ONE way!! LOL, so they will pay for your gas to get there, but NOT to get home! Also, we don’t get paid anything, not even the one way mileage for the first day. Stipends & mileage starts on day 2! Most jurors only serve one day so cracks me up.

  • imsailing

    In the county I live in in CA, we get summoned every single year, not every 2 years. I think every year is excessive. I can’t believe we get paid 1/2 of what they pay in DC!!! & that is double what it was years ago….it was only $7 a day then. We also get paid mileage….but get this……wait for it…….only for ONE way!! LOL, so they will pay for your gas to get there, but NOT to get home! Also, we don’t get paid anything, not even the one way mileage for the first day. Stipends & mileage starts on day 2! Most jurors only serve one day so cracks me up.

  • Chris Tinker

    Sitting in jury duty now reading this. Yeah, it is that boring. Most are like me and don’t care about the government or its legal system unless not has an affect on them. Well, I don’t care about a trial that I am not on the defendant side or prosecution side. So jury duty sucks. A great way to lose money all day or days you are “serving”. I’d prefer to pay money to get out of it.

  • QOP

    Everything is perception. People see things and others as THEY (the perceiver) are…not as they truly are. Perception creates ones reality. Therefore, those who view this from a negative light…have a negative perception of the posting. I see the posting as just plainly very matter of fact. I am thankful for the blunt information. It helps to give me a picture of what to expect when I go in for my jury duty tomorrow!

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