View Poll Results: What do I do with the EVO for Jury Duty?
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Leave it at home safe on the charger and have no phone for the drive/breaks/day.
Check it in and give it to Otis the security guard at the courthouse.
Leave it in the glove compartment or trunk in the summer heat.
- 06-13-2010, 12:14 PM #2
- 06-13-2010, 12:19 PM #3
I had never thought about how the rules prohibiting cameras in many courtrooms would apply to smart phones. I'd call the Bailiff (or the contact number listed on your summons to jury duty) and ask.
I'd guess there is a fair chance you'll spend some time waiting to be called....Possibly inside a building with poor 3G (we won't even talk about 4G) reception (and that sucks the battery anyway). I'd have some good time killers loaded that don't require web access or sound. An ebook reader and a book or two that appeal to you would be a good option if you are a reader. Taking a spare battery isn't a bad idea, actually.
my phone is naked and i don't really want to give it to Uncle Otis the security guard who will toss around the 4.3" glass display phone like it's a baseball.
i also don't want to leave the phone in the car all day in the summer heat.
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If your courthouse is anything like mine...
Take it with you because there will be quite a bit of time you're sitting around with your thumb up your... well you get that idea...
Give it to the security guard before they make you go into the courtroom (and mine makes you turn it off before you hand it to them) I'd also make sure you have a lock in place as well just for "protection".
I've never had any problems (and I've been on jury duty 3 times in my life already) and it gives you something to do while you wait (bring headsets so you can watch videos!).
- 06-13-2010, 03:08 PM #15
Were you just called to see if you would be on the jury or are you already selected?
If you will just be waiting around to see if you are choosen you probably will be allowed to keep it.
I think they just don't want them in the courtroom itself while a trial is going on. I had my smartphone with me while I was just waiting around. Some had laptops with them.
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The courthouse my husband had jury duty allowed phones in the waiting room, but not laptops. It's different for each courthouse. Mine had wifi for the jurors waiting
I wanted to add, try calling the office and see what they say. The weather where I'm at is unpredictable this season - sometimes hot, other days rainy and cold. If it's a hot jury day I'd keep it at home like some folks have suggested
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- 06-13-2010, 06:37 PM #21
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I was on a jury panel for two weeks and we were allowed to keep phones with us (off or on silent) and laptops in the deliberation room for use on breaks.
The Social Security office required that cell phones be turned off - for obvious reasons.
Call ahead and see what the court policy is on cell phones. otherwise, leave it in the car, it will be ok.
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- 06-13-2010, 06:59 PM #23
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For what it's worth, I am a bailiff in Hillsborough County, Florida, which is Tampa. You are allowed to bring cellphones into the courthouse. All we ask is that they be placed on silent or vibrate while in the courthouse. If you are in fact picked for a jury, you can keep them with you throughout the trial until you go back to deliberate. At that point, you will leave them in the courtroom until you are finished in the jury room. As others have stated, check with your local courts to see what they allow. Good luck.
- 06-13-2010, 06:59 PM #24
i hate being without a phone all day but i may just leave it home.