- Told to be there at 8:30am - again it took another 45 mins to get sign-ins done. Noticed today (must have missed it yesterday) that people were getting paid cash for travel expenses if they came from a long way away. Found out that court doesn't even start until 9:30am - so had almost an hour of book-reading time!
- Judge was late/delayed ... it was 9:50 before he entered.
First order of business - one of the panels they picked yesterday had to be re-picked, which is "highly unusual". Apparently, one of the chosen jurors was one of the 108 who had requested to be excused (and one of the 88 denied!) - as he had a mid-term exam on Wednesday that for whatever reason, his Prof wouldn't allow him to take earlier/later. As we'd already been dismissed for the day when he brought this up in the juror's back room, their trial was delayed until a replacement could be picked today.
What was weird to most of us in the jury pool was that once a # had been drawn for the 6th seat, both sides of counsel got to continue their Challenges, casting off *anyone* already on the panel. Most of us thought that it made sense to only Challenge the replacement juror. One juror found himself back in the pool, perhaps relieved that he was off the hook, for now.
- 2, maybe 3 more jury panels were picked - all of the other cases were settled out-of-court either yesterday afternoon or this morning. This meant we could go home early again. Bad news: have to return again tomorrow (Thursday).
- - some people had their #'s drawn (completely randomly) 2, even 3 times so far. The judge even joked "you should buy a lottery ticket on the way home!"
.. maybe half the people, including myself, have not had my # called once.
.. and the rest obviously have had their # called, but were Challenged and sent back to the pool. Most seem to be relieved.
- - Educators (teachers, principals) do not seem to be popular potential jurors. Time after time, an educator's # was picked, only for them to be Challenged immediately. At one point, a teacher was replaced with... a principal.. and replaced with another teacher... who was replaced by a cleaning lady. They kept the cleaning lady! **HOWEVER**, on one panel, the final Challenge caused a hairstylist to be tossed, and by chance a teacher's # was selected. By default (no more Challenges left), the teacher is now serving.
- - people who listed themselves as "Unemployed" or "self-employed" do not seem popular - almost always tossed immediately.
- - Insurance adjusters are *definitely* not popular. When a # was picked and their name and occupation read out for the court, upon hearing "insurance adjuster" everyone laughed - even the judge. Before she even got to the jury box, the Defence Counsel stood up and said "Send her back!"
- - (confirming what was mentioned by other posters) - a nurse, a mental health practitioner, and a medical student were all Challenged immediately after being seated in the jury panel.
- - at least 2 people who had requested to be excused due to important (reasonable-sounding to me) business-related matters ended up serving. One was a CEO and one was a Buyer who had trips to NY and Europe scheduled over the next 2 weeks.
- - It definitely seems that occupation is the deciding factor whether you are a likely candidate to be Challenged - not race, sex, or age. One panel that was picked ended up being all male, another had 50% Asians, and at least 1 panel had 4 grey-haired people on it, while another had 3 early 20-ish people on it
- - Again, the best way out if you really wanted out - is to stand when a doctor's name is listed as a witness and say "I was a patient of his" - and if they press for details (they don't) and your story comes unravelled, you can always say "oh, that's obviously not the same doctor then. Thank you"