If you received the summons for jury duty and you are confused about whether I can bring a backpack to jury duty or not. This article is going to help you.
Can I Bring A Backpack To Jury Duty?
Most of the time, the people who are summoned for jury duty have to wait for 6-7 hours and this is why people find it boring and engage themselves in reading or writing.
You surely want to avoid boredom and this is why you must be planning to take books, magazines or a notebook with you for which you will need a backpack.
If you received the summons for jury duty then this is a big responsibility because not everyone gets summoned for it.
When you fit for it, then you must be asking yourself if it is allowed to carry a backpack to jury duty.
So, let me first inform you that the judge has its own rules and regulations for his/her courtroom. So, if the judge does not have any issue carrying the backpack then you are good to go.
Note: Make sure to visit the court’s website to understand better what they permit and what they don’t.
In most of the cases, we have found that the courts permit people to bring the backpack because they understand that the waiting for the jury duty will be long enough and in some cases, the courts encourage people to bring books, magazines, and notebooks, snacks, etc.
Is there a security check for the backpack in Jury duty?
If you carry a backpack inside the courtroom then the security must want to know what is inside the backpack, so be prepared for such a situation and if you want to avoid it then it is better to avoid carrying the backpack to the courtroom.
Here is a tip from my side, make sure you do not carry a big backpack that you carry for outdoors, camping, or hiking. Mark sure to carry a compact and small-sized backpack that will not look as if you carry it for jury duty.
Can you bring your laptop inside your backpack to the Jury Duty?
Electronics are strictly prohibited from jury duty because the court does not want someone to take pictures, videos, or record audio. As the laptop has a webcam and it is an electronic device you can not bring it with you to jury duty.
But, you are allowed to carry your phone and the only condition applied here is that it should remain silent and do not use until it is an emergency.
Can I bring my purse to court?
Purse and tote bags both are used to carry items just like backpacks and this is why you are allowed to carry a purse and tote bags to carry your books, magazines, and notebooks.
How to prepare for Jury Duty?
Jury duty is a long and time-consuming duty where you have to wait a lot. So, you must prepare yourself so that you don’t get bored there.
Here is some advice on how you should prepare yourself for jury duty:
- Check the court’s website for how to dress, what to do and what not to do in the court’s room.
- Prepare lunch for yourself because the food near the courthouse is expensive. Have it when there is an official lunch break.
- Parking in the courthouses is also expensive or difficult so to avoid all this you should use public transport.
- You can read books.
- Make sure you switch between activities to keep you active.
- Carry some cash in your wallet.
- Bring the water bottle, tissue, and power bank with you.
Things you should avoid in the courtroom
- Don’t talk on the phone in the waiting room because it will disturb others and create noise.
- Do not use the cell phone if the court does not allow it.
- Do not post anything related to you while you are in the courtroom.
- Do not carry any sharp object with you.
Quick Overview Of What You Should Be Carrying
|Water||You will be waiting for 6-7 hours and it is better to have something to drink.|
|Snacks and Food||Food near the courthouse is expensive.|
|Napkins||If it is not A.C or it is not working then the napkins will cope with the sweat.|
|Light jacket||If there is AC and you feel cold then the jacket will help you to stay comfortable.|
|Cash||You may not find the atm near the courthouse and this is why it is better to have cash.|
|Book and Magazine||To avoid boredom.|
Now, you are ready for your first Jury duty and now you know if you can carry a backpack to jury duty or not. Also, you know what are the other things that you need to carry with you to Jury duty.