Serving on a jury is a civic duty performed for a person who is on trial asking for a group of their peers to determine guilty or not guilty. The qualities of a jury follow.
If you are called to be considered for jury duty, you will need to show up in court on specific times. You will be told what days the case will be tried and you must be punctual. The court case needs your presence. You can be held in contempt of court if you do not show up at the correct time. The proceedings cannot be continued without your presence unless you are dismissed and an alternate juror is appointed in your place in the jury box.
The presiding judge will go over laws and rules of the court room and laws of the State or County where you were chosen to be a jury. The judge might have personal rules that are to be followed since it is his or her courtroom. Outside of the courtroom county or state or federal laws must be known and followed.
Eating garlic, passing wind, extreme burping and other objectionable personal bad manners are to not be taken into the courtroom and not the jury box either. If those unpleasant events occur frequently, a fellow juror can request to have a change in the jury box seating or the objectionable party can be removed and relieved of the jury position, which ever the judge determines. Personal hygiene is of paramount importance since close proximity to other people is both in the jury box and the jury room.
It is at the court's discretion that a background check is conducted before you are selected for the jury. Lawyers and judges ask jurors questions to help them select the proper peer for the impending trial. If there are questionable triggers not according to their law experience, you will be determined not to have satisfactory attributes to be a juror. You are not given reasons why you are not chosen to be a member of the jury panel.
Out of the Courtroom
In the jury room the case must not be discussed in any form. The lawyers, the judge, witnesses or anything to do with the proceedings is not permitted in conversations. At home no TV news regarding the case is permitted to be viewed. Discussion of the case is not allowed with outsiders. To be a correct juror for the defendant, you are required to remain impartial until all the evidence is offered.
My name got stuck in the computer for a few years and I was called for jury duty at least twice a year. I dutily went and tried to explain that I was supposed to be exempt, having already served but my protests fell on deaf ears. I finally gave up - right about the time that the computer must have been rebooted. I've never been called to serve again.