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Tips For Jury Duty

Being summoned to serve on a jury is every American’s opportunity to participate in the judicial process and perform a civic duty for their community, but it can be a time-consuming and complicated process. Here are The Onion’s tips for serving jury duty:

  • It’s well worth it to pay the $50 extra to gain admission into the Platinum Jurors Lounge with Wi-Fi, drinks, and appetizers
  • Letting the other jurors know how you’ll be voting ahead of time is an efficient way to speed up the judicial process.
  • Keep an eye out for a young Thomas Gibson in the Welcome To Jury Duty instructional video.
  • Take a load off the judge and declare “I’ll allow it” at regular intervals.
  • Be friendly and affable toward your fellow jurors. In the event the prosecutor presents a particularly damning piece of evidence against the defendant, you’ll want someone to murmur with.
  • Your “Guilty” or “Not Guilty” vote will never be revealed to the public, so feel free to go fucking nuts.
  • Getting charged more than $35 to $45 for a personalized courtroom sketch means you’re being swindled, plain and simple.
  • Keep alert for the shocking possibility that the judge hands down a sentence of life in prison, pointing directly at you instead of the defendant.