Not sure if I’m Just lucky and haven’t gotten jury duty … Or there is a warrant out for my arrest for missing it! 🙂
Oh oh, I said it too soon . . . Yesterday was the first day I was summoned to served as jury duty for a two weeks long case. As of today, the court is still in the process of jury selection “voir dire”. The process is such a long waited procedure and tedious as always. For many people this is when the King & Queen of boredom will kick in at this stage of the process.
Come to think of it, I must be the only one that is kinda happy to serve as juror on a case, especially a criminal case, it is pretty fascinating to see the evidence flows, the testimony, the witness, basically the whole process is very interesting to view. Almost two years ago I have served on a panel of selected juror for a civil case. I have to say after its said and done, I walked a way with a newfound feeling of almost rewarding, almost fulfilling and almost a perfect accomplishment. I was one of the few potential jurors at the Court House who actually wanted to be selected. Being Juror No. 4 wasn’t all that different from what I’d seen on televisions and in the movies. There really wasn’t a single moment in that jurors box that felt like it was a waste of time period.
In the end, though, all those moments of curiosity and boredom meant nothing when it came time to deliberate. Coming back to the jury box with our decision in hand, an overwhelming sense of tension filled the courtroom. The prosecutor stared directly at us, while the defense attorney focused her eyes and chin on the floor (the defendant gazed straight ahead, just as he had the entire trial). As the bailiff walked the forms to the clerk, my fists clenched, my legs bounced and my heart squeezed out a liter of adrenaline with every beat … All this, and I already knew the verdict!
It was the biggest rush I’ve ever felt. I played my part in the system. I served justice. I was Juror No. 4.
Even at $15 a day, it was the coolest job I could ever imagine. 🙂
Something for you to smile about . . .
“When you go into Court, you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty”
– Norm Crosby
What is your thought on being summoned for Juror Duty? Do you enjoy the thought of it? Have you experienced this greatest feeling before? 🙂
Bonjour Words of Wisdom Wednesday! 🙂