"The effect of this bill will likely be that jury duty will be spread out
for multiple people," Hall said. "I've heard stories of people
getting called over and over again and some people never being called for jury
duty. (With this) more will be given the opportunity."I am happy
about this change. But *why* were some people never being called? How does
this legislation make it possible to call those people now?
Totally agree. Before you were given a 6 month window during which they could
summon you as many times as needed as long as they canceled the night before.
Each one comes with a gentle reminder that they can haul you in before the judge
if you don't show.I cut a family vacation short and canceled
plane tickets to comply with a summons for a trial that was canceled the night
before. I later got a summons for the same trial rescheduled during my next
planned vacation.I called the clerk to say that I was happy to serve on an
earlier or later court date, but that I had complied with the first summons and
the date of the second would not work.I was told that we all have
conflicts and reminded the legal implications of not showing.All 25 jurors
showed up for their 2nd summons at 8am for a trial that started at 1pm needing
only 4 jurors and rested at 11pm. The verdict took 20 minutes.These Judges
have a critical job to do, but occasionally need to be reminded who they work
for. Intimidation is unacceptable.
I'm a senior citizen, lived in Utah all of my life and have never, not once
had or been called for jury duty.
I just got my first ever letter for jury duty. I've lived here for over 24
"But *why* were some people never being called? - srwIt's
called the luck of the draw. It's similar to how some people have managed
to win the lottery multiple times, but others never win."How
does this legislation make it possible to call those people now?" - srvBecause of this new law, those people who have complied with their
summons will have their names removed from the list for a period of two years.
That, in turn, reduces the number of people in the pool, increasing the odds
that those who have not been called upon to serve in the past, now will be.
Summon to appear 4 times in California, but never served. It was a fiasco and
kept me laughing all the times I was summoned and what went on while the lawyers
questioned possible jurors and Judges asking questions. Laughable most of the
time. Once when I was called as a witness it was beyond belief how the courts
were clueless and were not even aware I was called and then postponed several
times and finally called back to court for the courts to discover the accused
had plead guilty before the first trial even took place, 6 months before.
Another time the judge would not allow the lawyers to question jurors. He had
12 of us sit in the jurors box, then asked the first person the questions. If
any of us in the box or courtroom would answer differently than that person we
had to tell him why. The lawyers were allowed to accept or reject. I was
excused from all 4 juries.