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Old 04-15-14, 01:50 PM   #1
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I got a jury summons for federal district court

I have to call in and be available for an entire month.

In the past I've only had jury service for the local superior courts. I'm guessing federal cases won't involve petty shoplifting or civil court money squabbles.
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No, but it will probably involve 3alarmer.
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The one time I got a federal summons, it was the week before my wife's due date for our daughter. Needless to say, they let me off.
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I had the same thing in Federal District but never got called up. They have a phone number I called every Tuesday evening after a certain time. The recording would say whether I had to report or not that week. I made it all the way through without reporting.
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The one time I got a federal summons, it was the week before my wife's due date for our daughter. Needless to say, they let me off.
She'll have to think of a different excuse than that.
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She'll have to think of a different excuse than that.
It was true in my case. I had a doctor's note and everything.
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I have to call in and be available for an entire month.

In the past I've only had jury service for the local superior courts. I'm guessing federal cases won't involve petty shoplifting or civil court money squabbles.
You may still get shoplifting cases if the crime occurred under federal jurisdiction. Same thing with civil court squabbles. Just because it is a "federal case" does not mean that it is a "bigger" case than a case in state Superior Court.

While in law school I clerked for the U.S. District Court, for the Central District of California. Saw my share of theft cases from the USPS--not the most exciting cases around. I have also tried a couple of cases in Federal court and handled a few that did not go to trial.

Federal judges have lifetime tenure--most think that God is a couple of notches below them.
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I have to call in and be available for an entire month.

In the past I've only had jury service for the local superior courts. I'm guessing federal cases won't involve petty shoplifting or civil court money squabbles.
No actually its involves either some intellectual property matter (such as trademark or copyright or multijurisdictional class actions) or some drug lord or pimp smuggling underage girls over the border, who if convicted will come after you... basically boring business cases or drugs...

Now doesn't that make you feel better - pray for the boring IP case...
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Two of my co-workers got called in for Federal Jury Duty, for the Boston Federal court. One guy had to call in, and be available for a month, then he was done. He did not actually
serve on anything. The other got on a Jury for a civil case. A local company was suing another company. The good news, was that they settled out of court, literally on the hallways,
after three days. Still, he had to call in and be available.

Hopefully, you won't have to travel a great distance, if you have to actually serve.
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Maybe it will be an exciting medmal case from Balboa Naval Hospital under the Federal Tort Claims Act!
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Does you employer pick up the tab for jury duty. I know when I went for 3 weeks, the courts paid us 10 bucks per day and my job paid the rest of my usual hourly wage. So the state stuck it to my employer in the butt.
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Federal judges have lifetime tenure--most think that God is a couple of notches below them.
Freud was summoned from his Eternal Reward by St. Peter. When Freud arrived, St. Peter asked if he was available to psychoanalyze God.

"Of course I'll do it," exclaimed Freud. "It would be the challenge of an after-lifetime. What seems to be the problem?"

"Oh," said St. Peter, "He has delusions of being a federal district court judge."


This is the sort of thing that passes for humor in legal circles . . . .
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Freud was summoned from his Eternal Reward by St. Peter. When Freud arrived, St. Peter asked if he was available to psychoanalyze God.

"Of course I'll do it," exclaimed Freud. "It would be the challenge of an after-lifetime. What seems to be the problem?"

"Oh," said St. Peter, "He has delusions of being a federal district court judge."


This is the sort of thing that passes for humor in legal circles . . . .
That's a good one.

Yep...legal humor is sometimes lacking in, well humor!
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Does you employer pick up the tab for jury duty. I know when I went for 3 weeks, the courts paid us 10 bucks per day and my job paid the rest of my usual hourly wage. So the state stuck it to my employer in the butt.
For me it is 1 week. If I was out for more than 1 week, I wouldn't get paid but for the pennies that jury pay is.

I wouldn't do well with more than a week of jury duty that I would have to show. I would be forced to do jury duty all day and night shift for the paycheck.
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I've been summoned to federal district court twice. First time I sat in the prospective juror waiting room for two days, was finally called in for questioning and dismissed when I indicated that I would have a hard time reaching a verdict in a capital punishment case. The second time I was with the first group called for questioning. We took a break mid-morning. Upon return when the bailiff said, "All rise..." as the judge entered, I did not do so. The judge looked at me and asked if I had a physical reason for not standing. I replied, "No, a religious one. I rise or bow to no man." I was dismissed at the request of the prosecuting attorney. It's a shame, at least in the 2nd case. I would have been happy to serve.
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Does you employer pick up the tab for jury duty. I know when I went for 3 weeks, the courts paid us 10 bucks per day and my job paid the rest of my usual hourly wage. So the state stuck it to my employer in the butt.
My employer will pay me while I'm on duty. If they didn't, I'd claim financial hardship.
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My employer will pay me while I'm on duty. If they didn't, I'd claim financial hardship.
While I was on unemployment, I got called for jury duty for a state level court, but in a region 120 miles away (I guess good jurors are hard to get there). I was excused from duty because to collect unemployment I had to be available on any given day should an employer call. Being unable to do that would have disqualified my whole claim and I'd have to start all over again.
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I have to call in and be available for an entire month.
Think of the bright side: you'll get to try the lunch specials at all the downtown restaurants.
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I've been summoned to federal district court twice. First time I sat in the prospective juror waiting room for two days, was finally called in for questioning and dismissed when I indicated that I would have a hard time reaching a verdict in a capital punishment case. The second time I was with the first group called for questioning. We took a break mid-morning. Upon return when the bailiff said, "All rise..." as the judge entered, I did not do so. The judge looked at me and asked if I had a physical reason for not standing. I replied, "No, a religious one. I rise or bow to no man." I was dismissed at the request of the prosecuting attorney. It's a shame, at least in the 2nd case. I would have been happy to serve.
Of course, the problem is that people who have an easy time reaching a verdict in a capital case are the ones who should not be on the jury.
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Of course, the problem is that people who have an easy time reaching a verdict in a capital case are the ones who should not be on the jury.
The police wouldn't arrest them if they weren't guilty.
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I suppose I could use this line to try and get disqualified if I'm chosen, but I actually find the jury process kind of interesting. I've served on 3 trials in the past; the only thing I'd try to get out of is a murder trial. I can't handle gory crime scene or autopsy photos.
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I can't handle gory crime scene or autopsy photos.
After having to review what goes on in Foo, I'd have thought you would find those to be light duty.
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It was true in my case. I had a doctor's note and everything.
At least for California that would not get you off anymore.

It would get you a delay, nothing more.
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I think I asked the feds for a delay in my letter, but other than the "you're off the hook for now" letter, I never got called again. I would have been happy to serve and all, just that they wanted me starting on the 24th and she was due the 1st (and ended up coming on the 27th instead).

When the county summoned me, I went and sat through jury selection from 8-2 with lunch from 12-1 and didn't get picked.
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