Why Do Some People Get Called for Jury Duty More Than Others?

Whether you consider it good luck or bad, some people get called for jury duty more than others. There's no government conspiracy behind the fact that you may have received four jury summons in the past decade while your neighbor hasn't gotten one; it's simply the luck of the draw. It's like those people who win the lottery multiple times, except instead of getting millions of dollars, you get to sit in a stuffy courthouse waiting room with slow WiFi. The simple reason why some people get summoned to report for jury duty more than others is that the selection system is completely random. A computer randomly picks prospective jurors from the jury pool. The pool, in most states, is a combined list of names from both the voter registration rolls and the driver's license database. If your name is in the jury pool, there's no limit to the number of times that you can be flagged for jury duty. The good news is that once you report for service, your name is pulled from the jury pool for at least the next 12 months, even if you don't get placed on a jury. If you actually serve, you're exempt from jury duty for the next 2-3 years, depending on the state. After that, you're tossed back in the mix. In Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, you no longer have to serve on a jury once you reach the age of 75.