Former US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally in Newark, New Jersey on 19 October

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Mr Obama is planning to serve, an area court docket official says

Former US president Barack Obama has been summoned for jury obligation within the state of Illinois and is planning to serve, a court docket official says.

Particulars haven’t been launched however he’s anticipated to look in Prepare dinner County subsequent month.

Mr Obama, 56, owns a house in Washington DC and in addition in Chicago and might be known as for civil or felony circumstances.

Ex-presidents Invoice Clinton and George W Bush additionally appeared for jury choice after leaving the White Home.

Barack Obama went to Harvard Legislation College and lectured on the College of Chicago’s legislation college for 12 years earlier than he joined the Senate. He additionally labored as a civil rights lawyer.

“He made it crystal-clear to me by way of his consultant that he would perform his public obligation as a citizen and resident of this group,” Prepare dinner County Chief Choose Timothy Evans was quoted by the Chicago Tribune as saying.

Mr Evans mentioned that the previous president’s safety was a precedence. A spokesman for Mr Obama has not commented.

Jurors within the county receives a commission $17.25 (£13) for every day served.

If chosen, Mr Obama wouldn’t be the primary high-profile particular person to look on a jury in Prepare dinner County – superstar Oprah Winfrey sat on a jury for a homicide trial in 2004, NPR reports.

Since leaving workplace in January, Mr Obama has been spotted kite surfing with billionaire Richard Branson and vacationing in Indonesia.