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Old 02-27-2007, 02:38 PM   #1
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Federal Grand Jury Service

Sooo, I received a juror questionnaire last summer, filled it out, sent it in and didn't think much more of it. I guess my number came up because I just got a big honkin' manila envelope from the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio. I've been summoned to be available as a Grand Juror, blah, blah, blah. Has anyone done this and if so, what should I expect? I'm interested in doing it, I'm sure it'd be quite the learning experience!

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Old 02-27-2007, 02:43 PM   #2
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I wasselected for garnd jury starting January 16th. Everytime I called the phone number to see if I was needed the caes were cancelled until a further date. At the beginning of this month they said my time has been served. I wish I could tell ya more than that but I myself have no idea.
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:44 PM   #3
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Sooo, I received a juror questionnaire last summer, filled it out, sent it in and didn't think much more of it. I guess my number came up because I just got a big honkin' manila envelope from the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio. I've been summoned to be available as a Grand Juror, blah, blah, blah. Has anyone done this and if so, what should I expect? I'm interested in doing it, I'm sure it'd be quite the learning experience!
DC I don't know how it goes in the States. Here, you can get called for Juror Service. They call many more people than they actually need and you are expected to 'be available' in case you are called on which means going along and probably getting bored silly unless you are fortunate enough to be one of 'the chosen few' If John Grisham's books are a true reflection of your Jury Service it could be worse over there. It's common practice it seems to string the whoile thing out by objecting to as many Jurors as possible.
It would be great if you were called to serve in a really interesting case. Good Luck
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Old 02-27-2007, 03:20 PM   #4
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I was wondering about that, middie. I'm supposed to call a number and listen to the message the day before I show up. I filled out the forms and included a letter to the judge asking him to delay my appearance because I'm going to be taking care of a couple of geriatric dogs during that time. Let's see if that flys!

csalt, hang 'em high! IF I do eventually get selected, it had better be something good!
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Old 02-27-2007, 04:16 PM   #5
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Charc, I got called last year for the U.S. Federal Court, Eastern District in Alexandria, VA. This is the court where they tried Zacarias Moussauoi - remember, the 20th hijacker?

Went down and attended for one day but then was excused because they drew names from the pool of us potential jurors to select about 25 or so.

Kinda wished I had been selected because these courts try the federal cases and it would have been more interesting than your garden variety breaking-and-entering case. However, grand juries "sit" for sometimes up to 18 months (not always consecutive days), so it could be a problem for some people.
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Old 02-27-2007, 04:19 PM   #6
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Here in California they call many many people to serve on a jury but not everyone is picked.
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:17 PM   #7
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I filled me forms in such a terible way and added a coment about being a foreigner and having terible english, so I haven't heard from them since.
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Old 02-27-2007, 06:07 PM   #8
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Mud, I'm with you. I'd like to experience the higher courts first hand and maybe get a better understanding about what exactly goes on in our Courts!
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Old 02-27-2007, 06:12 PM   #9
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I seem to get called for the lower courts at least once a year...
I've only been selected for one trial though. It was interesting but, once was enough. Parking was 20 dollars a day, I got a 101 dollar ticket for turning on to a "bus only" lane, and some idiot stole a bunch of my gas.
The 15 dollars they pay you to sit there all day while waiting to be called
(three days in Seattle) just isn't worth the time or the pain.
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Old 02-27-2007, 07:30 PM   #10
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Pds, I hear it's a pain in the a** but I'm willing to go for it. That and I don't really want Federal Marshal's breathing up my rear end.
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