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Judges/lawyers: What's the wildest jury duty excuse you've encountered?

NCSC's Director of the Center for Jury Studies wants to hear from you. I’ve been asked to do an interview for BBC Business Matters about jury service in the United States, especially the financial impact on jurors and their employers.  In preliminary discussions, they asked me about jurors’ requests to be excused from jury duty.  I’ve heard a few over the years, but since I’m not on the front lines actually hearing the excuses, nothing specific came to mind.  Could those of you who are in the trenches on a daily basis please tell me about the wildest jury duty excuse you’ve encountered?  The taped interview is next Wednesday, so please post by COB Tuesday, July 2.  I’m offering free jury swag for any anecdotes that I actually use during the interview!  Many thanks for your help.

NCSC in the news

Artificial Intelligence Further Exacerbates Inequality In Discrimination Lawsuits

The National Center for State Courts estimates that litigants in a wide variety of civil cases are twice as likely to win when only their side is represented by an attorney compared to when there is counsel on both sides. Read the full story from Forbes.

Courthouse searches increasing; attorneys now screened

There are thousands of courthouses in the U.S. and courthouse shootings are rare, but violence is increasing. Between 1970-2009, there were 199 incidents of either arson, bombings, or shootings at state courts, with 39% occurring between 2000-09. That’s according to the National Center for State Courts, which relied on a 2010 study by Center for Judicial and Executive Security. Read the full story from


News releases

IAALS founder Rebecca Love Kourlis receives 2019 NCSC Distinguished Service Award

Rebecca Love Kourlis, founder and executive director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, is the recipient of the National Center for State Courts' 2019 Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest awards presented by the organization. Read the full press release.

Tennessee judge receives highest judicial honor for his work on the opioid epidemic

Tennessee Judge Duane Slone is the 2019 recipient of the National Center for State Courts’ (NCSC) William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, one of the highest judicial honors in the country. Read the full press release.