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Allie's avatar

How does the state select people to get jury duty notices?

Asked by Allie (17349 points ) August 24th, 2011

So I’ve been summoned for jury duty on Sept 20th. This will be the third time I’ll have to appear for possible selection in the (less than) six years since I’ve turned 18. On the other hand, my mother has never been called for jury duty in her life. How is this possible? How in the world can I be called three times in less than six years and her not at all?

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wundayatta's avatar

Does your mother vote? It’s generally a random drawing from a pool of voters that excludes those who served the previous year. At least, that’s what it is in Philly.

Allie's avatar

Yes, she and I both vote.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Do they also go by real property owners?

Allie's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe If that’s the case, wouldn’t she get called in more than I do? Or at least as much as I do? I don’t own any property at all.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Allie Yeah you’re right. I don’t know if they use that or not. I’ve been called for duty about 7 times.

john65pennington's avatar

Maybe, they just like to see your pretty face…........

CWOTUS's avatar

It’s a mostly randomized selection process from the pool of registered voters (generally, to assure that they select US citizens to serve; selecting by “driver license” or “property owner” would run the risk of selecting non-citizens and non-residents of the jurisdiction to serve on juries).

Since it’s a more-or-less random process, some people are selected more than others, and some not at all.

If you have actually served on a jury (or maybe even if you’ve only been “called to serve” in some states; check with your Clerk of the Court office) then you should have a waiver. When I served a few years ago I was told to retain the receipt, which I could present as evidence of having already served, if I were called again within a certain time limit.

Hibernate's avatar

Dunno. Maybe they need a variety of people there and since there’s a lot more old people then youngsters. Who knows. Ask someone in the court. Maybe you’ll hit jackpot and you get your answer there.

SpatzieLover's avatar

It’s not as randomized as people think. Once you get in, and you are able, your name will be pulled more often.

@Allie, the same thing you’re describing happened to my grandparents. They voted equally and lived in the same home. My grandmother was selected for a case. She was then called for 5 more trials. My grandfather was never called for duty.

My grandpa got so irked by their constant “use” of grandma, that he finally went with her and explained her heart condition to the judge. Grandma was removed from the list.

Lightlyseared's avatar

A team of secret investigators monitor your entire life and then calcualte the most awkward time to call you.

OK so they probably don’t but you wouldn’t be that surprised if they did

tedibear's avatar

As far as I know in Ohio, they use registered voters and licensed drivers. It seems kind of limited to me. I wonder if they’ve thought of adding taxpayers just to widen the pool.

kheredia's avatar

I guess it’s just your luck. I’ve only been called once in my entire life and I was able to postpone it. Haven’t heard from them since.

MajorDisappointment's avatar

Is anything at all being done, to move our Justice System
away from a system dependent on stupid slave labor,
and towards an interested intelligent all-volunteer jury service
that capably decides cases by merit rather than resources?

Yes it is, because this question is now being asked openly.

Grand Jury participants are well paid, with negligible negative effects.

Lazy attorneys depend on easily hoodwinking amateur jurists.

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