jury duty

When citizens are called to serve on a legal panel in court, that's called jury duty. When you're on jury duty, you have a responsibility to contribute to a verdict in a legal case.

Have you ever wondered how people end up on a jury? The answer is simply that it's their turn for jury duty. When a citizen gets a notice that they've been called for jury duty, they are legally obligated to serve, unless they have a very good excuse. Being called for jury duty doesn't always mean you'll be on a jury, though, since potential jurors are questioned by the attorneys first and may be dismissed for a variety of reasons.

Definitions of jury duty
  1. noun
    the civic duty to serve on a jury
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    type of:
    civic duty, civic responsibility
    the responsibilities of a citizen
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