Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Civic Duty

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.  


Anonymous said...

Good for you! I too think it is VERYimportant to serve on a jury.

My last case was in the middle of December. I thought that would be a terrible time because of all we do rushing around doing before Christmas. It turned out to be a wonderful time as I was able to do most of my Christmas shopping during the long lunch break and I also had fun walking slowly around the stores.

So enjoy doing your civic duty.

JaxMom said...

Wow. I have never even been called for jury duty. My cousin who is 29 has been called three times. I don't get it.

I am intersted to see how it all pans out.