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Do you have to write a research report on jury service? Were you or a family member summoned for jury duty?

Are you just curious about jury duty and not sure where to begin reading about it?

The Oregon State Bar has a Handbook for Jurors and it’s a good place to begin. Your county courthouse is another.

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From a 1/25/12, Law in the News link, we travel to this story from England:

“Jurors: leave the information age—or go to jail,” by Peter Bright:

Excerpt: “An English court has sentenced a juror to six months in prison for contempt of court after she performed research on the Internet and forced the abandonment of a criminal trial.

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I’m not the only one who found this story (also in the Oregonian, print on 8/30/08) interesting – see Jack Bog’s Blog post (and Comments). And this is not the first jury-duty story I’ve read recently about jurors in Oregon not showing up, and what happens when they don’t. (My previous posts about jury service here and here.)

Text of ORS 10.235: Additional jurors; selection; notice.

(1) When an additional number of jurors is needed for a jury service term in a county because the term jury list for the term becomes exhausted, or in the opinion of the presiding judge for the judicial district is likely to become exhausted, before the end of the term, additional jurors may be selected and summoned as provided in this section.

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Jack Bogdanski has been blogging about his jury duty at the Multnomah County Courthouse. It’s interesting to read and hear what people think of jury duty. I was first called to serve (sounds good doesn’t it) donkey’s years ago in Philadelphia, one of the first cities to use the One Day One Trial system. I loved it. When else can you get a day off from work, the freedom to read newspapers and magazines with few disturbances, and to be entertained (the jury foreman practically did his part as if it was a comedy standup routine – very effective). This was way back before the days of computers and cell phones (cripes, the typewriters were made out of wood back then!) – it was all very peaceful in that room, hushed even. For a future librarian this was bliss. I wasn’t selected that first time, but was many jury-calls later when I lived in New Haven. I still loved it (it was a personal injury case). I would be first in line if anyone wanted to turn it into a real job. Sure it’s tough, but someone’s got to do it.

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