Did you know you can volunteer to serve on a jury? Apparently you can, says the New York Post. Unemployment is up and suddenly people are calling the New York courts and asking to serve.
From the NYP:
“People are calling up, saying, ‘Look, I lost my job; now would be a good time for me to serve,’ ” said Vincent Homenick, chief clerk of the jury division for Manhattan. “Not that $40 will pay the bills, but it’s something.”
Homenick said he has gotten about 20 calls since May from folks asking if they could become jurors — far more than normal.
“The jury pool is also more diverse than normal right now,” he said. “We’re getting a lot of Wall Streeters and other professionals. It’s not your typical jury of civil servants.”
Not all courts take volunteers, but if you have nothing better to do, why not?