Always Remembered RIP
Date registered: Nov 2006
Vehicle: 1991 560SEC AMG
Location: Grass Valley, N. Calif. / Gardnerville, Nevada
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A few Court secrets.
Written medical excuses from Physicians carry great weight, but mere chronic back pain complaints do not (The Court can delcare Court recesses for sworn jurors with that to stand and stretch or sit in different chairs....)
If you have a criminal record, you can get excused.
The jury pools get their names from DMV and voter records, typically.
So, if you do NOT register to vote, theoretically your likelihood of being called for jury duty maybe just went down by 50% right there
Stated religious beliefs may or may not work to escape jury duty on that case.
The "I do not speak English" excuse is OFTEN tried, with varying success.
Often times, especially on bogus or questionable excuses, the Judge will get exasperated and simply excuse the person from jury on THAT case, and send the prospective juror back to the jury assembly room, to wait for the NEXT CASE.
It is a big problem and the Courts are constantly engaging it.
One recent change in some counties is the "ONE DAY - ONE CASE rule".
You are put on call to be in Court for one day, no excuses; but if you are not called into a Court, that one day, your jury duty obligation ends.
^^^For one year.
A lot of time panels of jurors get called into Court, only to be dismissed en masse once they are seated.
That is because the jurors are being used as a LEVER to effect a settlement.
The Judges ALL love to make "Deals", because the Court calendars and dockets get cleared if they do, and they can go and play golf.
Court statisticians monitor closely the numbers of cases that settle before and during trial.
Any case that goes to trial, be it criminal or civil, is long and costly and uses the Court's resources: Bailiffs, Court reporters, Court clerks, translators etc.
(all of whom have to be paid)
All cases come with TREMENDOUS pressure by the Court system and Judges to settle before trial. Every one of them has mandatory settlement conferences. Sometimes, several of them.
Simply put: If EVERY case went to Courtroom trial, the system would utterly gridlock.
In less than a week. EVERYWHERE.
So juries are used to coerce settlements, though you won't find that said anywhere in any Juror orientation handbook.
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