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Canadian authorities round up mall shoppers for jury duty

LEILA FADEL, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Leila Fadel.

Life in a democratic society frequently involves a call to duty - jury duty. And as some Canadians learned, you may not always get advance notice. Officers in Calgary fanned out at a mall to hand out a summons requiring that several shoppers head straight for the courthouse to do their civic duty or face arrest. The court says it was a last resort because of a juror shortage and preferable to denying someone's right to a trial by jury.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.