One of my high-almighty statements about the Casey Anthony jury was that getting a quality jury is hard when people are doing everything they can to avoid this duty. I have put a lot of thought into this because I am certainly one of those people.
There are jokes about serving jury duty. One is that you aren’t smart enough to think of a good reason not to go or another, that you don’t have a life so even jury duty is something! Even though it is far from a rule, most employers are not happy that you must go. If you actually get selected for a jury, heaven forbid it be a long trial. That is not really an unrealistic issue since so many companies today run on skeleton crews and the work piles up while you are gone. I’ve never had a boss tell me to try to get out of it but they are not disappointed when I don’t have to serve.
Last time I served someone in the jury pool told the judge his boss would not let him serve on a long trial and the judge offered to call the boss and discuss it. I learn well from the mistakes of others!
I considered why I don’t like jury duty and I am sure it is not because I don’t want to be judgmental. I wish that was the reason but that would be a horrible lie. I judge people all day every day. Not intentionally, I just do. I hope that I keep my opinions in my head and only every so often they fly out of my mouth. It is not a behavior that makes me proud. It is easy to arrive at the “what was she thinking?” or “did you see those shoes” type judgment. Fashion is such an easy target.
I am sure the biggest reason I do not like jury duty is that it is out of my routine. Rather than welcome a change, I want to avoid it. I am used to doing things the way they are done. Now I will have to leave the house earlier than usual, go to a place I am not that familiar with and sit. Last time I took my computer with me and tried to work. We were up and down, moved to this area and then back to that area. There was no way I could concentrate to complete any work.
Can you believe that I don’t like to be on a jury because I am inconvenienced? That is such a sad state of affairs. Our nation has the best court systems in the world and I would hope that if I ever needed a jury no one would have the lousy attitude I have.
So, guess what happened with my high and mighty attitude? I received a jury summons on Thursday. I will report 8/11. Great. That will certainly teach me to shoot off my big mouth! I have no intention of volunteering my services but maybe I won’t try quite so hard to control the outcome. It might be interesting to learn more about the way our system works.
So, if you will be at the Orange County Courthouse on the 11th let me know. Maybe we can chat!