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Jury duty strikes financial fear

Juror seats in a courtroom
Juror seats in a courtroom
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The recession is making it harder for Californians to serve jury duty, as jurors are finding it difficult to take leave from work for $15 daily compensation. In Los Angeles County, more than a quarter of qualified jurors were released last year on financial hardship grounds. And in one three-week trial, the jury was so disgruntled that attorneys from both sides of the case agreed to let the judge decide. Have you been forced to serve jury duty despite financial hardship? How should the system be changed?