Former President Barack Obama has been called to serve jury duty in Chicago.
Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans told county commissioners during a budget hearing on Friday that the former commander-in-chief, who owns homes in both Washington, DC, and Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood, will serve in November.
Evans told the Chicago Tribune that necessary precautions would be taken to accommodate security and scheduling needs. He did not specify the date or courthouse location Obama will report to next month.
Former President Barack Obama (pictured, October 2017) has been called for jury duty in Chicago, where he is registered to vote, and is planning to serve in November
Jurors can be summoned for civil or criminal trials and can be called to any of the county’s Chicago or suburban courthouses. It’s unknown which courthouse Obama will report to (Pictured, Municipal Court of Chicago)
Obama, who is registered to vote in Chicago, is not the first celebrity to serve jury duty in Cook County. In 2004, legendary talk show host Oprah Winfrey was called to serve for a Chicago murder trial.
Jurors can be summoned for civil or criminal trials and can be called to any of the county’s Chicago or suburban courthouses.
‘Although it’s not a place where the public can earn a lot of money, it is highly appreciated,’ Evans said of Obama’s choice to serve. ‘It’s crucial that our society get the benefit of that kind of commitment.’
Jurors in Cook County are paid $17.20 for each day of service.
Obama will be following in the footsteps of presidential predecessors George W Bush and Bill Clinton, both of whom appeared for jury selection after leaving the White House.
Bush was summoned to the George Allen Dallas County Civil Court building in August 2015. Although not ultimately selected, he spent approximately three hours at the court and posed for photos with his fellow jury candidates.
Former President George W Bush was summoned to the George Allen Dallas County Civil Court building in August 2015. Although not ultimately selected, he spent approximately three hours at the court and posed for photos with his fellow jury candidates (left and right)
‘If the former President can show up for jury duty what excuse do you have? #civicduty,’ tweeted a spectator.
In March 2003, Bill Clinton was Prospective Juror No. 142 in federal court in Manhattan. The Associated Press reported that Clinton’s name was never disclosed at a hearing but his questionnaire answers, read aloud in the courtroom, provided the giveaway.
Under previous jobs held, the respondent answered ‘President of the United States’.
The case was eventually dismissed.
Obama has been summoned for jury duty before – in 2010 – but he had to skip it as he was delivering the State of the Union address.