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What is jury duty?

A:  In the American legal system, individuals or groups accused of a crime have the right to a trial in which they can make a plea to a jury of their peers. In order to assure this for all individuals tried in an American court, all adult American citizens and those with permanent residency status are required to serve as a member of a jury from time to time. This service is referred to as jury duty. The number of times an individual will serve jury duty depends on the selection process stipulated by the county and state of his or her residence. In some places, individuals are called to jury duty...

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How Do I Avoid jury duty?

A:  Not many people are anxious to be jurors and may look for ways to avoid jury duty. The right of living in a society that offers jury trial to anyone accused of a crime means that most people must occasionally be willing to support this right by serving on a jury. This is often a mandated part of living in a country where rights of the accused are significant. Still, there are some ways to avoid jury duty, if it is difficult to serve, and some people may be able to either postpone or be excused from performing this service. Citizens should be aware that attempting to avoid service by lying is often treated as a criminal offense. One of the...

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How Do I Postpone jury duty?

A:  jury duty is a civic responsibility, but the court recognizes that it can be a hardship. People who need to postpone jury duty for any number of reasons can make arrangements to do so by returning the jury summons with documentation explaining why they need to postpone. It is also possible to request disqualification from jury duty, if a prospective juror meets certain requirements that would disqualify him from serving at all. A typical jury summons will provide information about the date and time of service and the location of the court. On the back, information about options to postpone

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How Do I Get Excused From jury duty?

A:  Many people consider it their civic duty to show up and serve when called for jury duty. There are some cases, however, in which a person may have a situation or condition that makes it difficult for him to serve on a jury. In such a case, a person may seek to be excused from service. Its important to understand, however, that lying in order to be excused from jury duty is against the law in most places. Ignoring a juror summons is usually illegal as well. An individual''s chances of being excused from jury duty may depend on the jurisdiction in which he is called to...

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What Is Grand jury duty?

A:  A grand jury is comprised of a group of randomly chosen citizens whose duty it is to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to indict an individual or corporation on criminal charges. Grand jury duty involves listening to witnesses testify under oath and evaluating the evidence in order to determine if there is enough probable cause for a trial. The grand jury process is intended to protect against unfounded prosecutions. A grand jury differs substantially from a petit jury, or trial jury. Grand jury proceedings are closed to the public. The only people who...

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What Happens if I Forget to Report for jury duty?

A:  The process for serving on a jury often begins with a letter in your mailbox from a local court system''s clerk. This is the first shot the court system fires across the civil service bow, called a ''jury duty summons''. This document should inform you of a specific time to appear at a designated location in the courthouse building. At this point, you may still have a few weeks to plead your case for a release from jury service to the court clerk. You may be able to prove what a professional or personal burden serving on a jury would be, and the clerk may release you from the obligation or agree to change your jury summons to a later date....

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Why Do I Have To Serve jury duty?

A:  One of the principal rights of all citizens of the United States is a right to a trial before a jury of ones peers. Thus being a citizen of the United States means that at some point you may be called to serve jury duty. It is call duty because it is actually a responsibility of each citizen. Without citizens willing to fulfill the call to serve jury duty, we would all be unable to have access to the right of jury trials. It may seem inconvenient, and frequently is, to serve jury duty. However, it is also a chance to actively participate in allowing other citizens...

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How Do I Get Out Of jury duty?

A:  There are a number of different legitimate ways to get out of jury duty and if you fall into one of several categories you might easily be able to avoid the process of sitting as a juror. These different means of avoidance depend upon your location, however, and you should consider that your state or country may have somewhat different laws regarding jury duty. You should consult local information for further details. The most common ways to get out of jury duty typically include financial hardship or extreme inconvenience, working in a field that already acts as a civic duty, being a public...

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How can I Prepare for jury duty?

A:  One of the responsibilities of registered voters in the United States is the distinct possibility of serving jury duty. County and city governments often maintain rolls of eligible voters, and every so often a pool of them are summoned to the courthouse for jury duty. Some are dismissed almost immediately, while others may be questioned by attorneys or a judge. Those who survive the initial interviews are most certainly destined to become jury members or alternates in a court trial. If you are called to serve jury duty, you may have to be prepared for a number of scenarios. At the very least, you''ll need to inform...