Originally Posted by Douglas
You are under absolutely no obligation to dress well. In fact, the better you are dressed, the less likely it is that a defense lawyer will allow you to sit on his jury. If you want to be dismissed almost instantly after you are called, wear a full suit and try to look as much like a businessman as possible. If you want to serve on the jury, jeans and t-shirt will be fine.
What do you do for a living, Douglas? Because clearly you're not a trial lawyer. Do you watch a lot of Matlock?
Originally Posted by stevejobs
To pick up your line of thought...isn't it easy as hell to get out of jury duty by flatly stating you cannot be fair and impartial?
Not necessarily. If the judge senses you're just trying to say things to get off the jury, he/she may find a way to make you regret it. Plus there's the whole you're under oath so you'd be committing perjury thing, which may or may not matter to you.
Originally Posted by Cuff Link
As a lawyer, I would like to serve on a jury. I have been called twice but never made it past voir dire. I am up again next week. I think I will wear something other than my usual suit and see whether I get picked. Cuff
I had the opportunity to do so a year ago. Given the facts/issues of the case, I was pleasantly surprised to be left on. It was an incredibly interesting and informative experience. Good luck. To the OP, I'd echo the advice to wear something comfortable (whatever that means for you) and bring a book. You may do a lot of waiting, and the seating arrangements may or may not be comfortable and modern.