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I got a Jury Duty summons and I have to go on Monday.

How do Atheists handle the swearing in?

Can you ask for a secular swearing?

And what about the "so help me god" part?

Anyone know anything about this?

Anyone serve on a jury and have some advise.

Well - I got another Jury Duty summons .....

I was chosen for this Jury service and I served and found a verdict with the other 12.

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Well it looks like I got summoned yet again fro Jury Duty.

I wonder what the odds are on being selected for jury duty just once--let alone twice.

I am like the vast majority of the public in going through all of my life without being selected by the cut-off age for jury duty of 70--or is it 75?

I've been selected for jury duty about five or six times in the past 25 years.  Sometimes I need to report, sometimes I've served on a jury, and sometimes the telephone recording excuses me the night before.  My father was another person who got summoned regularly.  It does seem that some people get summoned a lot more than others.     

that is being selected quite often Flying Atheist - well I go on Monday and I'll see what happens

WHILE I HAVE BEEN ON JURY DUTY MORE THAN A FEW TIMES, I DO NOT REMEMBER HOW MANY,\

\WHERE I RUNNING THINGS, ALL THOSE HOW HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH A TRIAL JUDGE,, COURT REPORTER, ATTORNEYS AND JURORS WOULD ALL HAVE TO TAKE COURSES ON HOW TO LISTEN WITH HIGHER COMPREHENSION.

I SAY THIS AS DURING A MANAGEMENT TRAINING COURSE, WE HAD OUR LISTENING SKILLS TESTED. WE WERE TOLD WE WERE HAVING A LISTENING TEST AND IT WAS WRITTEN IN BIG LETTERS ON A WHITE BOARD. SO ALL THOSE IN THE CLASS WERE FULLY AWARE THEY WERE BEING TESTED ON THEIR LISTENING SKILLS.

AS PART OF A SUPERVISORS OR MANAGERS IS LISTENING, ONE WOULD HOPE WE LISTENED WITH MORE COMPREHENSION THAN DO MOST. AND YET THE TEST SHOWED THE AVERAGE SUPERVISOR IN A HIGH TECH COMPANY, ONLY LISTENED WITH 23 PERCENT COMPREHENSION WHEN THEY KNEW THEY WERE BEING TESTED FOR IT!   SO WE LEARNED HOW TO LISTEN AND WERE AGAIN TESTED,  THIS TIME THE AVERAGE WAS A WHOLE 46 PERCENT, WHICH IS STILL TERRIBLE!

SO HOW TERRIBLE IS THE PERCENT OF LISTENING COMPREHENSION FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON?   THE ODDS ARE GOOD, IT IS LESS THAN 20 PERCENT!

AS THIS WAS SHOCKING TO ME, I BECAME KNOWN AS "MEMO MAN"  THIS AS I KNOW THE WRITTEN WORD IS A RECORD OF WHO SAID WHAT AND WHEN THEY SAID IT.

NOW TO PAT MYSELF ON THE BACK, I GOT 46 PERCENT ON THE FIRST TEST AND 96 PERCENT AFTER LEARNING HOW TO LISTEN.  I WAS TOLD THAT UP TO THAT TIME (1966) I HAD GOTTEN THE HIGHEST LISTENING COMPREHENSION SKILLS SCORE EVER GOTTEN (WORLD WIDE) IN THIS COURSE.

ANYWHO AS LISTENING IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF BEING ON A JURY, METHINKS IT SHOULD BE STRESSED,  

 

I have been offered the chance to swear on a bible a couple of times either at court or at a lawyer's. Each time I have said that I prefer to swear by the 'honour' alternative, and the court or lawyer has obliged. 

Thank you Dr. Meaden - I will make sure to say something about that

This is the due process of declaration and affirmation [not swearing, per se] required by the British Oaths Act of 1978:

6 . 4 (1 ) Every person upon objecting to being sworn, and stating, as the ground of such objection, either that he has no religious belief, or that the taking of an oath is contrary to his religious belief, shall be permitted to make his solemn affirmation, instead of taking an oath, in all places and for all purposes where an oath is or shall be required by law, which affirmation shall be of the same force and effect as if he had taken the oath.

(2) Every such affirmation shall be as follows-
“I do solemnly, sincerely and truly, declare and affirm”,

and then proceed with the words of the oath prescribed by law, omitting any words of imprecation or calling to witness. 

Thanks again Dr. Meaden

Well I did my duty - I served on a Criminal Jury trial for a week. It was a learning experience.

I made it back.

Most courts allow you to "affirm"—that is, to essentially promise rather than swear an oath. These provisions are there because certain religious groups (Jehovah's Witnesses) do not take oaths.

Believe it or not even the President on assuming office can affirm according to the Constitution.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_office_of_the_President_of_the...

Thanks for this citation, I enjoyed reading it. 

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