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.
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.