a reply to: DBCowboy
I was picked only once so far.
Someone told me they pick from registered voters.
But I don't know how true that is.
Wasn't looking forward to it at first.
The courthouse is in the next, even smaller, town.
I live in a rural county with no public transportation.
I was having health problems at the time,
but nothing I could get excused for they said.
Or I would have had to pay to go to the doctor & get a note!
The first day they just picked the jury.
I passed all the questions they asked & was selected.
Had to come back the next day for the trial.
They told us to take notes, but I was the only one that did!
It was between a shady landlord & the gas company.
Not exciting, but interesting, since I had never been to court before.
When it was over, the judge asked the jury into the deliberation room,
& thanked us for serving & we got to ask any questions we wanted.
There were a lot of questions asked & I really learned a lot!
I think all high school students should have to sit in on at least one case!
It was so interesting that I went back for the rest of the week,
& sat in on a medical malpractice case!
Now that was something!
It didn't go as I expected & I felt bad for the family!
If I had been on the jury for that one,
the outcome may have been different!
The only thing that I wasn't happy about,
was how much they pay for jury duty.
It was less than an hour of minimum wage,
for having to drive to the next town two days in a row!
Wouldn't even have paid the parking meter, if I could have found one!
(Small town, not enough parking spaces!)
Luckily, I found a church parking lot within walking distance!
Maybe if it paid better, more people would be willing to serve!
Especially if it lasts longer than a day!
No fast food places there! Only sit down diners/restaurants.
So gas back & forth to the next town,
parking fees, lunches...it can get expensive!
Especially if you are laid off or retired.
Then there are the cases where you can be bussed 150 miles away.
Those don't come up very often though,
& I don't know anyone personally that had to do it.
Other than that, well worth the experience!
Where I am, I can call the courthouse,
& see what kind of cases are coming up on the docket.
Not a very populated county, so not very many 'juicy' cases.
And the court room is pretty small, so you have to get there really early.
But I would love to go back someday when I have time, & sit in on one again!