Category Archives: Summoning juries

How can I get out of jury duty?

Ah, how the Internet brings out honesty. The Grand Rapids Press column “Law Talk” invites readers to ask legal questions and get helpful advice. A reader recently asked the brazen question, “How do I get out of jury duty?” Here, … Continue reading

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New data on juror utilization and satisfaction

A recent article in Third Branch has happy news about the jury system in the U.S. Last year, 59,405 American citizens served on federal petit juries, with a national average of 39 percent of jurors not selected, serving, or challenged … Continue reading

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Who’s to say whether a juror has bias? (part 2)

In the previous post, I ruminated on the fact that each juror gets scrutinized for bias, even after pledging their neutrality. Again, there are reasons for doing so, but the near-presumption of bias goes unquestioned. To see how far this … Continue reading

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Celebrity jurors

The roundup of jury news this week notes that a couple famous faces failed to make it onto juries: Joe Biden got called in Delaware but was dismissed before long, though his entire pool got sent away. Nothing personal there. … Continue reading

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Intimidating prospective jurors?

A new group in this author’s home city, Seattle, Wash., is seeking to get its hands on the names of disqualified jurors. A Seattle Times story has the scoop: The group wants information on people who were disqualified from serving … Continue reading

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Jury duty and civic responsibility

An Indiana judge recently vented about low response rates for the summons to jury duty. In doing so, he hit on a pet point we make at the Jury & Democracy Project–that jury duty is like voting. Here’s a quick … Continue reading

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Juror Appreciation Day/Week/Month

We’ll be tracking some of the events around the country–or around the world, if we can find ’em–where courts take a moment to appreciate jurors. Baltimore’s trying to raise the bar on such events, as the Baltimore Sun reported: Serve … Continue reading

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