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Old 10-09-2008, 11:03 AM   #51
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Yes, true. I was just on the phone with Lou discussing it. He said they usually only have 6 challenges. But, that's half the original jury if all are used.

But most jury pools are made up of a lot of people. The last one I was on had 200. You can only challenge a few of them without cause.
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:22 AM   #52
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I am self employed, and testify a couple of times a year as an expert witness. I have been excused, but lawyers don't want anyone on the jury that knows their way around the court system. As a witness, I have pretty much the same problems with never knowing whether or not I am to testify. Lawyers always send a summons, most do not bother to tell you if they have settled out of court. Once I spent 15 hours in the witness room, only to be told that they had settled. Then they got angry when I billed them for my time.
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:29 AM   #53
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(L)awyers don't want anyone on the jury that knows their way around the court system. .

If that were true, then I'd never have been on a jury.
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:08 PM   #54
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I've been on a jury once and called for the jury pool twice. At this point in my life, I'll get a medical waiver on my record next time they call. I've got plenty of ailments to choose from. Strangely, my wife has never been called.
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Old 10-09-2008, 03:04 PM   #55
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Here in NJ, they don't excuse you for having a relative/spouse in law enforcement. They'll ask you if you believe you can be fair and impartial, and if the answer is yes, then off to the jury box you go. They also won't excuse you simply because you don't drive. Most court houses are reachable by public transportation. When you think of it, they have to be accessible so the entire public, not just drivers, can make use of the legal system for whatever reason might come up in private lives.
So, if you move to NJ, chances are you could get your wish.

i live in sunny california, so why in the world would i move to NJ?
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Old 10-09-2008, 04:33 PM   #56
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i live in sunny california, so why in the world would i move to NJ?
I used to live in NJ and would not move back . Been in Pa. since 1989.
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:00 PM   #57
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But most jury pools are made up of a lot of people. The last one I was on had 200. You can only challenge a few of them without cause.
You don't challenge the jury pool, you challenge jurors that have already been voire dired. That's only 12 plus 2-3 alternates.
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:10 PM   #58
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i live in sunny california, so why in the world would i move to NJ?
I mentioned that because you said you would have liked to serve on a jury. As for where you live, I am so happy you are pleased with your geographical location. I, as are many many people who live in the beautiful Garden State, also very happy with where we live. I don't believe you were actually expecting me to name reasons why someone would want to live here. However, the list of reasons is very long, and it might surprise you to discover that we also enjoy many sunny days as well and beautiful autumns with trees and foliage that turn a myriad of firey colours; winters with crisp cold air that invites snuggling and warm evenings by a fire; and springtimes that present the entire landscape in rebirth and blooms.
But, like I said, your question, while curt, was probably rhetorical.
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:27 PM   #59
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funny .. got held for contempt of court the first time .. as i said earlier .. i spent an evening in the finest goverment faucilty ... forgot to call .. remembered ..
showed up .. sat in front of the jury person .. (can not remember officials title .)
the lovely lady told me my attitude was not needed .. stood there for 20 minutes ..
was told i was called for duty .. and i needed to wait here to speak with a judge ..
i explained to his honor .. i simply forgot .. we were in the middle of moving .. i owned my own business .. and that the 26 bucks a day was not going to feed my family ..
his honor leaves .. i am standing with a baliff .. talking about a football game ..
judge re-enters .. find out i forgot to pay a fishing ticket .. from when i was 16 ..
spent the evening in jail in norfolk .. and today .. get a notice in the mail ..
jury duty again .. think i will show up this time .. and it was a honest mistake ..
and i was 22 when it happend .. probaly did a smidgen of tude .....
and to top it off .. my dad is a lawyer ..LOL .. i will never learn ..
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I mentioned that because you said you would have liked to serve on a jury. As for where you live, I am so happy you are pleased with your geographical location. I, as are many many people who live in the beautiful Garden State, also very happy with where we live. I don't believe you were actually expecting me to name reasons why someone would want to live here. However, the list of reasons is very long, and it might surprise you to discover that we also enjoy many sunny days as well and beautiful autumns with trees and foliage that turn a myriad of firey colours; winters with crisp cold air that invites snuggling and warm evenings by a fire; and springtimes that present the entire landscape in rebirth and blooms.
But, like I said, your question, while curt, was probably rhetorical.
sorry, it was a joke , dear. babe
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