Jury duty is the social responsibility of every adult that is registered to vote. It is one of the cornerstones of our judicial system and should not be taken lightly. If you are summoned then you must show up. There are several more people called than are needed due to the fact that some cannot serve due to illness or other factors that the judge will explain. The D.A. and the defense attorneys will then question prospective jurors in order to get someone that they feel might be inclined to vote in there favor. (to convict or not). Once the required number is selected (usually 12) then alternates will also be selected. Sometimes the jury will be sequestered which means that they will be forced to stay in seclusion away from any outside influences for the length of the trial. Jurors are compensated for there time but it is very little in most cases. You cannot be fired from your job for serving on a jury. if you are picked you must weigh all of the evidence and then decide to the best of your ability whether the person or persons are guilty based upon the evidence presented and based solely upon that evidence only. It is your civic duty and one that you should take seriously
That means you have to go to court and be one of the deciding factors for whether or not a person is guilty. It's something along those lines. I've never done it so I can't tell you in details. Hope I helped though (:
Obligation of a citizen to serve on a jury when called. One of the highest duties of citizenship, it accrues from the constitutional right to be tried by a panel of one's peers and involves direct participation in the administration of justice. When summoned for a jury duty, a citizen must appear before the court or be tried for contempt of court.
Jury duty is a compulsory civic duty that every citizen is bound to perform, but jury duty notices are usually issued to people by using driver's license data and voter registration data.
The only legal way to get out of jury duty is to claim specific hardship that is recognized by your state as a legitimate hardship, or to be disqualified as a jury member during the interview stage. Out of the many who are called for jury duty, only a few are chosen by being screened by the lawyers of both sides of the case to be heard in court during the jury selection process.
The one time I got called for jury duty, I was not selected as a juror via the selection process.
You sit around waiting to see if they need a jury. When they do you go in a courtroom and they take people one by one and ask them questions. If you give answers showing you to be fair minded they pick you for the jury. If you make it on to jury you have to listen to the whole court proceeding. At the end you all go into a room to deliberate and find the person guilty or not by the laws of that jurisdiction. I haven't actually made it to the jury, but I have made it to question to be questioned. It was a rape trial, I don't think they liked my attitude towards rapists.
You sit with the other jurors on a stand like you've seen in various movies. You with the others sit, listen and eventually decide with the other jurors if the accused defendant is innocent or guilty of the crime he has been accused of based on the facts presented by the lawyers. I have over simplified the process and left out a lot but this is basically it .