I Get Called for Jury Duty: The Summoning
I got this in the mail a few days ago, and it’s the first time I’ve ever been called in to Jury Duty. I brought the form in to work, hoping to ask a few others (who have done this before) what the process is like, and what I should expect.
Here’s the interesting thing: the form I received differed from the one that everyone else got. I talked with Jane, Bryan and Jeff, who have all gone through the process (Jeff just served about 6 months ago).
The regular process, as I understand it, involves you being assigned a date. The day prior to your assigned date… you call in to a number, and find out whether or not you have to report in the next day. If you’re called, you go in; if you’re not called, you don’t need to go in and you’re pretty much done at that point.
Here’s where my thing differs: Not only do I have to call in the night prior to my date, but I also have to call in every single night during my two-week period. So even if I’m not called to appear on the first date, for that two-week duration… every night prior, I have to call and check to see if I have to report in the next day.
And. I was under the mistaken impression that, while you serve as a juror, you get paid the equivalent of what you are earning at your job. Not so. You get paid some sort of nominal stipend. According to Jane, Bryan and Jeff, they all got something like $7 or $14 for the day.
In looking at my form, if I were to serve as a juror, I’d be getting $40 a day, including travel expenses.
I have no idea why this is different, whether it’s just a new system, or if it’s my first time, or what. There’s speculation at the office that I’m part of a jury selection process for some very big, high-profile trial that’s upcoming. At least, one that might require two weeks of culling through potential jurors.
Anyone else gone through this process before? Is this an unusual summons I received, or is it just standard?
It’s crazy to think that this might be for some big trial. Wonder what it might be.