I was looking at the Human Resources manual the other day about jury duty. It states that an employee would be compensated for 14 days per year if they had to serve on a jury.
We all know that people are paid little to nothing for being on a jury, yet bills are still due and life goes on. So, what happens to people who have to serve on these really long trials that last for months? Do they simply go bankrupt in the end?
It would seem like they would have to pick 12 people who would not see a long absence as any kind of problem--emotionally or financially. Otherwise, the actions of the juror would be governed by the dire need to get the trial overwith as soon as possible. If I were in the jury selection process and found out it would be a long trial, then I would tell them I am biased or produce an unrefundable airline ticket or do something to try and avoid it. If it is a short trial, no problem.
Has anyone had to serve on a long trial or knows someone in that situation? Is there a "financial hardship" reason that could get someone dismissed? What kind of person could serve for months and not be effected by finances or separation from family?