Depending on who you ask, some folks dread getting a jury summons in the mail. Then there are some folks who look at it as a way to a free “get out of work” card.
For me, it’s dread. The thought of driving downtown, finding the courthouse, parking, and waiting for your number to be called – I’d rather be at work rather than have to deal with all that.
To top it all off, I’m only compensated $8!
But if you enjoy listening to trials and being a part of the verdict, there is a way to make money from home as a virtual juror.
This is a great side hustle while you’re in between projects or waiting on a work-from-home job lead to come through.
Get Paid To Be A Virtual Juror
What I’m about to share with you may seem too good to be true. In fact, I even wrinkled my nose thinking it was just another online scam. But when I read an article about virtual juries I had to do more research.
I learned that this side hustle is the real deal. Let me tell you what I learned about this virtual jury side hustle.
The 411 On Serving on A Virtual Jury
Here’s the scoop. Just like a juror who serves in a court of law, a virtual juror will participate in a trial and listen to a case presented by an attorney. And just as courtroom juror would, a virtual juror might hear a deposition or listen to witness testimonies.
After the attorney presents his or her case you review all the evidence that was presented and determine whether the party is guilty or not guilty.
Sounds exciting, doesn’t it! There are some qualifications you have to meet just as you would when serving on your county’s jury. You don’t need a certain level of education or training to serve on a virtual jury but you should be
- At least 18 years old
- A United States Citizen
- And have never been convicted of a felony or under indictment of any criminal charge.
Of course, each site will have their qualifications so be sure to read the requirements of the job thoroughly. Things like where you live will depend on whether you can serve on a jury. In most cases, you have to be a resident of the city where the mock case is held.
How Virtual Jurors Are Paid
How jurors are paid is going to depend on the site you sign up with. But based on my research, jurors are paid anywhere from $5 to $125 per case, depending on the length of the case and other situations. Sounds pretty good, right?
Now let me show you where you can find these online mock juror opportunities.
Where to Sign Up as an Virtual Juror
There aren’t very many, but I did find some websites that currently need virtual jurors. Cases are assigned according your location (living in a populated city is a plus) and attorney availability.
Such information like your race, level of education, political and religious preference may be requested as you fill out these applications so please make sure you read their requirements carefully.
Mock Juror List
And if you don’t mind driving downtown, you can register with Sign Up Direct to serve as a surrogate jury in your area.
Even though I searched for the paid opportunities, make sure to do your due diligence and read their mock juror policies and terms. You want to be looking out for hidden fees.
Over to You
I know making money from home as a virtual juror sounds too good to be true but it’s the real deal folks. Can you replace income you’re getting from a job? No, but it’s makes for a great side hustle gig.
What do you think about this? Have you ever served on a virtual jury? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!
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