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Civic Duty
I got a summons for jury duty in the mail yesterday. Seth, my boss, my boss' boss, and my coworker all gave me tips on how to get out of it. I don't want to get out of it. I'm all for it. I'll get paid for a day's work with far less stress, and a shorter commute. I'll be doing my civic duty, which I take seriously. And I love courtrooms! (Funny considering that when I was in law school I had ZERO, or less, interest in litigating!)

So there.

People seem to act like that makes me a supremely weird person with messed up priorities. Hrm.

ETA: It's nice to see that I've got a bunch of good citizens on my friends list.

Current Mood: confused confused

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allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: May 27th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't mind serving on an interesting case.

I've never been summoned, though.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 27th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
most people that I know that get jury duty go, sit around in the jury room for a day, and never make it into a courtroom. Obviously, I'd rather sit on an interesting case, but I still have no problem going and showing up for the day so that they have me available if needed. I'll just bring a good book.
xiphias From: xiphias Date: May 27th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course, the fact that you want to be on a jury pretty much means that you'll be disqualified from one.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 27th, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's not so much that I want to be on a jury. It's that I have no problem whatsoever fulfilling my obligation to show up for the day, whether or not they actually need me to sit on a jury.
kressel From: kressel Date: May 27th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)



I think it makes you a very GOOD person. Every time I've been called I've been unable to do it.

I got called when I was still a stay-at-home Mom, but I never bothered to answer the mailing. They were persistent, and ultimately, I had to go down to Court with my kids' birth certificates to prove that I'm a mother. I went down with the birth certificates and two kids in tow, one newly trained toddler and one still in a carriage. They kvetched and cried the whole time so that I couldn't even fill out the forms. Finally, the guard there lost patience with us, filled the form out for me and said, "Lady, go home and take care of your kids."
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ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: May 27th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Neither. I like having jury duty as well. It's a chance for my opinion to actually count for something. I take it very seriously, as well.
ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: May 27th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I want to add that the only time I ever tried to "get out" of jury duty was when I had it the week of Yom Kippur. And then I only got it postponed for two weeks. I've had it three times and been chosen for a jury each time.
ellipticcurve From: ellipticcurve Date: May 27th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm 27 and have never been called ('course, I was a full-time student until I was 25), and I'm looking forward to serving one day. I take civic duty seriously, and besides, it sounds like fun.
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: May 27th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooooh, lucky!! I've only been called for jury duty once and then wasn't even questioned. I just sat there for three days and then they let me go. I have wanted to be on a jury since I was twelve.
cellio From: cellio Date: May 27th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you. I take the obligation seriously, and within the law and common sense I try to get onto juries because (all modesty aside) I think I'm a reasonably smart person who will make the people in the room actually think before voting.

I've been called three times, seated twice, and present for a trial once. (I was an alternate, though, so I didn't get to deliberate.)
yarbiedoll From: yarbiedoll Date: May 27th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I, too, would like to serve on a jury, but I've never been summoned.
cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: May 27th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
ive always wanted to do jury duty...i think it woudl give mee a better understanding of the legal system which is really pathetic considering i went to law school
drmellow From: drmellow Date: May 27th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bully for you! Do your civic duty. I'm all in favor of answering jury duty summons. I've been summoned once in my life, and they dismissed us almost immediately after swearing us in. I hope to get called again so I can actually go through more of the process.
tnatj From: tnatj Date: May 27th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been called more times than I can count. I've been on juries twice, back when I was in my early 30s.
fheyd From: fheyd Date: May 28th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Oddly enough, i hate that by being a lawyer i'm pretty much automatcially kicked-ff juries :P

I hope it's something interesting for ya :)
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