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Jury duty and financial hardship?

Lawyers USA published an article this month entitled, “Jurors increasingly seek recusal for financial hardship”. The article, written by Correy Stephenson, explored the fact that people are trying to avoid jury duty because of the economy.

Anne Reed, a trial lawyer and jury consultant, noted that during a recent trial “hands went up all over the box” when asked about financial hardship.

While many people are struggling, serving on a jury is a very important civic duty. During a recent car wreck personal injury trial in Fulton County before Judge Brenda Cole, I was very pleased by the jury who answered questions regarding jury service. Only a few of the 40 present sought to be excused because of financial hardship. I’m hopeful that the economy will improve shortly. For now, jury duty is a sacrifice that is greatly appreciated.