Well...I got the letter from the court system about a month or so ago.
You are hereby ordered to report for jury duty
We get the information where, when, how, what. Then a number to call the night before to see if they really do want you to come in. Or you can go online. And since I don't like phones much, I go online. I read, "You have been placed on phone standby." Did I say I don't like phones much? So today, I must CALL in between 11:15 AM and 11:45 AM. At which time they may tell me forget it, enjoy the rest of your meager day off, or hurry, hurry! You must be here in fifteen minutes or two hours, or call us back after 6PM for an update on your future life.
I love (NOT) hanging around for other people. Besides due to my last years bout with a certain YD I think I have had enough of judges, prosecuting attorneys and the musty smells of old courtrooms. And herds of people. I think I will be taking my Ativan in the near future.
Two years ago I had jury duty and made it all the way to the jury box after I had told the judge that $15 a day was not going to pay any of my bills and he told me to try to make it work. Um, how can a person be objective about another person's life when all you can think about is how you are going to buy gas, pay for electricity, water and groceries? I literally cried when he turned two women loose after they cried the same hardships that I claimed! He let me go, after I cried. I know it is our civic duty to go and listen to the facts and make a judgement. I can't just sit there, I have things to do! I can't remember details after a day or two, I don't think I would make the proper choice. Besides I have this thought that even though, "A person is innocent until proven guilty" they must be there for a reason...and then there was last year when my YD was picked up because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time and they just wanted answers from her that she didn't have and they held her until they realized they were wrong. I hate the courts, there are only about two judges that I like over there (and there are hundreds) and there is a particular district Attorney that reeks of plastic. (I nicknamed him the Ken doll and he does not like me)
So...what are your legal systems like? How do you get called to duty? Do they make you set yourself aside and wait by the phone? I'm sure each state and county have their own little quirks.