Monday, June 14, 2010

The Joy of Jury Duty

Today I was required to participate in one of the most fundamentals rights we have as citizens.  Our judicial process.  And while last week I was making jokes and looking for ways to get out of it, I was actually glad that I made my appearance and fulfilled my duty.

A couple of things I learned about the judicial process today.

1.  Always eat breakfast before you go because the lawyers and judges work in a different time zone than the rest of us.

2.  Take a parka with you.  Note: I said a Parka because I believe I actually traveled to Alaska for jury service.  The building was so cold I think I froze things off.  (Don't ask.)

3.   Voir Dire should not be confused with Joie De Vivre.  One means Joy of life and the other means say the truth.  For whatever reason, I kept getting the two of these confused today.  The lawyers kept telling me I shouldn't be enjoying myself so much. I guess this was the wrong place for me to try out my stand up routine.

4.  Lunch is non existent when you spend the day with lawyers.  This must be how the rumor got started about all lawyers being blood suckers. 
That is what I learned today.

I did get selected for a jury and will start tomorrow, so come back and I will let you know how it goes.


Me (The Crazy Writer Girl) said...

I am really looking forward to your next post! I think you will be great... and do some butt kicking on the side too!

Linda G. said...

I didn't get selected the last time I was called up for jury duty. I "flunked" the voire dire. Might've had something to do with the disapproving looks I kept giving the defendant. ;)

Karla Nellenbach said...

I've never been called for jury duty :( and I so want to be! Great tips, though. I will keep them in mind if I ever do get called!