Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The justice system of the US is based on the concept of trial by a jury of your peers. I have previously served on the jury in one criminal trial and although it was very straightforward, I appreciated for the first time what a truly powerful criterion getting 12 people from 12 different walks of life to agree on something is. I know a lot of people will say and do anything to get out of serving on a jury, but I do think that it is an important thing to keep our justice system alive, and that if I ever had to be on trial, I'd want some smart people on the jury. So, now once again I find myself sitting on a jury, this time in a civil case. Let me tell you it is the kind of case that probably only happens in Hollywood and when it is done, I'll tell you all about it. Til then I'm a civil servant I guess. The good thing is when you are on a jury you get breaks, you get a lunch break, and you work banker hours. This is all much easier than my regular job.