Summoning Mr. Bernie

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My new season of jurors started on September 1st. I didn't realize how much Mr. Bernie pays attention to my job. On the 1st, he left a message on my work phone, "This is Mr. Bernie. I filled out a Questionnaire in May and today is the first day of the jury year. I don't know my juror number but I haven't been called for jury duty yet. Can you please call me back and tell me when that might happen?" I just chuckled and ignored it and pretty much forgot about it. About an hour later, I was given a trial to pull. I got it ready and the computer pulled the jurors for me. It has a random number generator or something. Lo and behold! There was a juror on there I recognized. It was Mr. Bernie! What are the odds that he would call me being silly and then I would pull his name from a pool of thousand? I shared with others in the office that I pulled Mr. Bernie and they all had a good laugh. They asked if I was going to go home and tell him. For once in my life I wasn't Mrs. Instant … [Read more...]

~Bernie

It’s Time to Pull a Jury

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It's time for another look into the steps of how a jury is picked. I'm sure you all have been waiting with bated breath.  I bet you have just hoping that I would make another post about how the jury magic happens.  If you missed the first few steps, you can read it here. Now that we have  the Judge's Order in "The Special Book", its time to move on to the next step. I couldn't believe how many steps it takes to pull a jury. When I first saw the check list I may have  started hyperventilating a bit. My whole theory of tossing darts at names was totally shot. I'm thankful that the previous Jury Clerk made the checklist and the amazing manual that helps me along with steps. It's very, very handy and helpful. It's time to pull the Judge's Calendar to see what cases may happen on the date of the trial. I look up the Judge's name and the date of the said trial. Then I print off a copy to have for my files. Some days it may show  things like hearings and other important Judge stuff.  … [Read more...]

~Bernie