It is funny: the law school mock trials I attended last spring were compact, fast moving and action packed, as you might expect. Like a movie. Real juries involve several hours just watching the lawyers pick and interview jurors. I was not selected, which I was happy about. Interestingly, you have never seen such nice judges, court officers, court policemen--the nicest group imaginable, all making us feel welcome and appreciated.
There was a time when certain types of people were excluded from juries: clergy, lawyers, doctors, people over 70. Not anymore! Everybody has to go.
This was a civil case, a renter slipped on ice and was suing the landlord. That is all we know at that point. The lawyer with the case was from 1-800-injury lawyer on TV! What a stereotype, to my eyes....the other guy, from Syracuse, the landlord's, was a real pro, confident, intelligent, the guy I would hire if I needed a lawyer.