I've been called for Grand Jury duty.
Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:11 PM
We had to do a case about an young lady who got rear ended and she wanted money from the guy.
The point where every one went "come on", but did not discuss it until we were in jury room deliberating.
She testified to not being able to go clubbing anymore. She testified earlier to have a 1 and 3 year old. She should not be clubbing with babies anyway.
In the deliberating, I was the oldest white guy in the room. The actual oldest lady looked at me and said, you are the Foreman.
I could have been convinced there was damage to her, but what to give her.
Then the first vote was 10-2 (me being one of the 2). Upon discussing we both gave in quickly and said no money for you.
Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:12 PM
Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:17 PM
If I'm picked, my company pays my for the first 3 days in full, and then the difference between Jury pay and my pay for 7 days, and then they don't pay at all. Not bad, really.
Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:52 PM
Petit (Trial) Jury
A civil petit jury is typically made up of 6 to 12 persons. In a civil case, the role of the jury is to listen to the evidence presented at a trial, to decide whether the defendant injured the plaintiff or otherwise failed to fulfill a legal duty to the plaintiff, and to determine what the compensation or penalty should be. A criminal petit jury is usually made up of 12 members. Criminal juries decide whether the defendant committed the crime as charged. The sentence usually is set by a judge. Verdicts in both civil and criminal cases must be unanimous, although the parties in a civil case may agree to a non-unanimous verdict. A jury's deliberations are conducted in private, out of sight and hearing of the judge, litigants, witnesses, and others in the courtroom.
A grand jury, which normally consists of 16 to 23 members, has a more specialized function. The United States attorney, the prosecutor in federal criminal cases, presents evidence to the grand jury for them to determine whether there is "probable cause" to believe that an individual has committed a crime and should be put on trial. If the grand jury decides there is enough evidence, it will issue an indictment against the defendant. Grand jury proceedings are not open for public observation.
Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:16 PM
Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:58 PM
Each duty is differrent here as county grand jury duty was for 1 day a week at the county courthouse, for 4 months I think.
State grand jury duty was 1 day a week IN TRENTON (no matter how far you live from it), and it was for 6 months!!
Anyway, I was selected this year for county grand and because I was going away for part of it, I called the grand jury manager and she postponed my unitl next year.