I've been summoned for jury duty, which will be every Tuesday and Thursday for two months. It's for the grand jury. What should I expect? I'm not sure what exactly a grand jury does as opposed to a regular one.
Also, I am schizoaffective. The law for my state says that I can't be on the jury if I'm "incapable" due to mental illness. I feel I'm capable, but should I mention my mental illness anyway? Do I have to disclose it?
Of course, it is your choice, but I would disclose it, and let them tell you what their definition of "disqualifying mental illness" is. I have never had a protracted jury dury assignment.
depends on how much you want to be on a jury. if you disclose having schizoaffective disorder, you'll be let off in a heartbeat provided you have some documentation to prove it. talk to your doctor and see what her/his opinion is. even though you feel up to it, she/he might have reasons why you shouldn't.
I want to be on the jury, I feel it's my civic right and duty. But I will disclose it anyway, I feel it's only right that I do.
Might want to disclose because if they find out later not only could the verdicts be tainted , but possible charges for you ? At least tell them and let it go wherever . It's a great experience tough a bit disappointing to realize that all juries are tainted by personal issues and opinions .
The way I understand it, grand juries decide if certain cases have enough evidence to proceed to trial. Jurors serve an important purpose. You'll be asked a variety of questions. Answer as honestly as you can.
Disclose what you are asked to disclose. If you are functioning as an autonomous person and the trial will not exacerbate your condition, it is not going to be seen as disqualifying.
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