I've practiced law in California through several recessions now. But like all of us, I've never lived through, or practiced in, a recession like this one. Yesterday's Los Angeles Times had a good article on how jurors respond when times are tough:
- Even more than usual, they want absolutely no part of jury service;
- People "on the margins of society" are more sympathetic to plaintiffs, and they are seeking a lot of hardship excuses; and
- Quoting one prospective juror: "Money is such an issue and to give money to someone for results of a case, it's really important that they're getting it for a real reason, an important reason."