Former President Obama Will Serve Jury Duty in Chicago

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Former President Barack Obama is being called up to participate in one of the most important tasks that a civilian can be summoned to perform: jury service.

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans announced during a budget meeting Friday that Obama would serve, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The precise dates of the former president's jury service will not be announced, nor will the location of the court, or the exact case, for security reasons.

Apparently, not even an ex-leader of the free world can escape jury duty - a job average citizens frequently try to avoid. However, besides a house in DC, he and Michelle still have their Chicago address as well (where he is registered to vote). Meanwhile, behind him, the younger Bush made an unknown comment to Obama out of the corner of his mouth, prompting his predecessor to break into laughter.

Those called can be put either in the pool for criminal case or civil hearings.

The Cook County Circuit Court encourages all jurors "to bring a book or other form of reading material with them to the jury assembly room".

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"Obviously we will make certain that he has all the accouterments that accompany a former president", Evans said.

"Although it's not a place where the public can earn a lot of money, it is highly appreciated", Evans also told the Tribune on Friday.

"It's crucial that our society get the benefit of that kind of commitment", he said.

George W Bush reported for jury duty in Dallas, Texas in 2015, while former Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry served as a jury foreman after being called up in 2005.

In 2004, Winfrey was among 12 jurors who served in a murder trial where the defendant was convicted. Bush sat through the jury selection panel and, though not picked to serve as a juror, spent about three hours at the court and posed for photos with his fellow jury candidates.

Jurors in Cook County are paid 17.20 United States dollars (£13.10) for each day of service.