Jury exemptions are frequent targets of derisory comment. Who among us has not heard of the proverbial litigant who, upon hearing his lawyer describe juries and jury exemptions, remarked that only a fool would place his fate in the hands of seven or twelve people who were not smart enough to get excused through an exemption. Indeed, the number and scope of jury exemptions have grown so substantially over the years that it is not unreasonable to suppose that jury non-service is now the norm and jury service the exception.
T. S. Ellis III & J. T. O'Brien Jr.,
Virginia's Jury Exemptions: Ripe for Reform,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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