I've never been called for jury duty. I know people who have, most of whom weren't very pleased about. It meant taking time off from their jobs and entailed a lot of sitting around in uncomfortable chairs for eight hours. Most said that if you're called for jury duty, bring a book.
If I were called for jury duty I have the perfect out. I work in the entertainment business. My afternoon show carries my name. In other words, when I'm gone it's as if you tuned in to watch one of your favorite shows on television, like Sunday Night Football, and instead got a soccer game. Although your employer can't fire you or dismiss you from your job, they may not have to pay you your salary while you serve which may be another reason, financial hardship, to be excused from jury duty.
I wouldn't mind serving on a jury just as long it was a murder trial and not a civil action lawsuit involving trademark infringement or some other corporate mess. I might be interested in a malpractice suit or something such as that, but certainly not a trial where a lot of charts and graphs and other laundry is hung out to dry.
A murder or armed assault trial involving manslaughter would capture my attention. A drug bust might also be interesting. Do they convene juries for drug busts? What about drunk driving incidents and unlawful death trials where someone lost their life? All I know is that a lot of people get called for jury duty and end up sitting in those awful institutional chairs all day twiddling their thumbs. Most jurisdictions require you be there from 8am to 5pm. You might be sitting on your ass for five days or in some cases, if you're picked to serve on a jury, you can expect to be there one or two days or for as long as the trial lasts. If you were scheduled to take a vacation during the time you're summoned, you may be excused from jury duty at that time, but you'll be scheduled for a later date. You can also petition the court to be excused from jury duty because of a physical condition or if you're 75 years old. I have a back problem and can’t sit in a jury box all day. I'd have to stand up and move around a lot. The court might frown on that.
I doubt that any team of trial attorneys would pick me to serve as a juror. I'm opinionated, I take medication to keep me sane, and I have issues with the justice system. I'm not a conformist and certainly not fond of the way the establishment conducts itself. Besides, if I had to bring a book with me I might wheel in all twenty six volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica just to keep my mind occupied. That same mind that's medicated which is another reason to excuse me from jury duty.