as the poster below had mentioned, jurors aren't exactly helped out. let me give you an example:
here in pittsburgh, I believe they pay you $8-9 dollars per day to serve on jury. great, you're serving justice, and they're only paying you $1 an hour, but hey, it could be worse. but then, you're not getting paid for your regular job. not a problem if you're making decent money/salary, but it would be if you're getting paid hourly. you're not getting compensated for time not spent at your job, fair.
you take the bus/train into jury duty. out of that $8-9 you're getting, about $3-4 is spent on public transport [and with the new rate hikes, it'll be closer to $5]. "fuck it," you say. "I'll park near the courthouse." guess what. parking is ridiculous out here. you will be unable to get parking for under $8 for a full day, although you're looking more like $10-12.
"shit! I forgot my lunch!" you exclaim. nearby, most lunch places [unless you REALLY love mcdonald's] will cost you at LEAST $5 for a lunch.
I wouldn't mind serving on a jury if I was called about it. but then again, I'm doing pretty okay financially. tell that to joe schmoe working for $8/hr and see how he feels about it [no pay from his job for the day, and spending more money than he earns on the days he's serving on jury]. that is why most people try to get out of it. solutions? how about a transit pass for the days you have to serve? or free parking at the courthouse? just food for thought for our legal system.