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  • Jury Duty

    I just received a notice for jury duty and was wondering if law enforcement officers are excused from serving on a jury.

    P.S. I'm actually looking forward to jury duty, I guess I'm in the minority.

  • #2
    For the most part we are excused from jury duty, since no defense attorney would want a cop on the jury for obvious reasons.
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    • #3
      Must be nice, no exception is made for us. Had to serve 2 years ago, prosecution wanted me, defense wanted to exclude, judge said stay, then they did this lottery thing and I was not selected, oh well.
      It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.

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      • #4
        Sworn peace officers actively working are exempt from jury duty in CA. Retired officers, however, are jury meat. No exemptions! I have been called every year since retirement and they will not grant a waiver. So, I go, listen to the briefing and am generally dismissed within the hour.
        Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

        [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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        • #5
          Florida State Statutes prevent a Deputy Sheriff from serving on a jury by calling Deputies "unfit", others are exempt.
          Last edited by FLIrishK9; 08-06-2009, 09:53 PM.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by frankandhonest View Post
            I just received a notice for jury duty and was wondering if law enforcement officers are excused from serving on a jury.

            P.S. I'm actually looking forward to jury duty, I guess I'm in the minority.
            I'm a little confused. Your profile states you're an Associate Pastor. Are you either a Regular or Reserve LE Officer as well? If so, it's almost a given you'd be excused from serving on a Criminal Jury. OTH, LE Officers often serve on Civil Juries.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by SgtCHP View Post
              Sworn peace officers actively working are exempt from jury duty in CA. Retired officers, however, are jury meat. No exemptions! I have been called every year since retirement and they will not grant a waiver. So, I go, listen to the briefing and am generally dismissed within the hour.
              Effectively, this will almost always be true. The summons actually says though that only PC 830.2(a) (the CHP) is completely legally exempt. I'm (e) and I've served twice.

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              • #8
                I could. No way in the world a defense attorney wants me on the stand. Used to make my mama mad that she'd be excused when she WANTED to serve...because I'm an Officer as is my husband.

                My Daddy has been booted because of me, as has my sister.
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                • #9
                  I was called for jury duty last July, my group was taken to the courtroom, upon entering I see that the DA is my neighbor accross the street for the past 20 years. Needless to say I was excused for what turned out to be a 6 week murder trial.
                  Retired LASD

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                  • #10
                    Never been called...I would LOVE to serve!
                    A fellow co-worker was called up a few weeks ago and was expecting to get out of it because of LEO...they said "we have civil cases too"...he served 2 days on a malpractice suit
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                    • #11
                      They called me for Municipal Jury Duty right before I moved out of the city. I only got out because by the time the date came around, I wasn't a legal resident of the city. Other than that, no exemptions in Texas for LE
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                      • #12
                        The last time I got called for jury duty they also called my wife. We show up the morning of the trial for selection, I'm in uniform (I'm one of the arresting officers and a prosecution witness) neither of us even made it out of the waiting area.

                        To this day I think it would have been interesting to be on the jury, if for no other reason than to hear the Bailiff call "Juror number six to the stand".
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by frankandhonest View Post
                          I just received a notice for jury duty and was wondering if law enforcement officers are excused from serving on a jury.

                          P.S. I'm actually looking forward to jury duty, I guess I'm in the minority.
                          Here police officers are automically dismissed from serving on a jury.
                          http://www.truepolicestories.net - my website of all my stories as a police officer. Please read it and become a member!

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                          • #14
                            I never got a jury duty notice ever, but my wife did. And you guys know how hard it is to get out of, but she did. She called and told them she was married to a police officer, and he said, "if they got arrested, they must be guilty, and that's what she believed too", she was excused, and never got another notice.
                            21 Years, Retired, Pensioned

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                            • #15
                              Like I stated earlier we are not exempt, but we do have a sweet contract, that gives us full pay minus the $ 8.50 per day the court gives us, if we work a shift that conflicts with the jury duty, we get a temp re assignment to a shift (day shift M-F, 7-3) doing office type work. In a nut shell for 2 months I am working the gravy shift I am either at the court house doing nothing, or at the office doing nothing, it is like a mini vacation.
                              It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.

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