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08 August 2009 @ 02:40 pm
Writer's Block: Jury Duty  
Have you ever served on a jury? If yes, then what was the case and what was the verdict?

Weird that this came up as the question! I work at a law firm for the criminal attorneys and we are right across the street from the courthouse. Well anyway, I went over there yesterday to try and get one of the attorney's housekeepers out of jury duty because she has a lot of medical conditions and is fairly up in age. I gave the jury clerk the 'form' I was given to get her out of JD and she said that was fine, and that she didn't have to come because of her age.

Well I mentioned that I had always wanted JD (i know, i know, i am probably the only one) and she said, well let me look you up. So she looks me up and says oh, well you did have jury duty in February and you didn't show. I was like well then, I didn't know as I really never received anything telling me that I was called. We just moved, well last November to our new house and I guess somehow the notice got lost in transition or something.

She was very nice and fixed it for me so I wouldn't come up again for a year (2 women at work about to go out on maternity leave so didn't think it was the best time for JD). I asked her what happens when you just don't go and she told me that when I went to pay my property taxes they would have told me I couldn't because I missed JD and I would have to get it fixed before I could pay. Then, if I didn't get it fixed they would have sent a sheriff with a warrant or something. Just glad I got it fixed.

Oh, and when I moved to where I am now from Boone, NC I got served up there, after being there for 8 years, they serve me when I move and then I miss the opportunity again because of the mail. Maybe I am just not meant for JD.
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jedijen on August 10th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
I was there literally all day last month and didn't end up having to be on a case. It's extremely boring to me, and I have always been annoyed at the way they run things there. Ugh.

I think you're one of the very few people who'm I know that likes it. lol!
Heather: winchestersetentpet on August 10th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
yeah for some reason i find it exciting to be in a courtroom, criminal, not any other kind of court though. that sucks, that you sat there all day and didn't even get to do anything.
larger than life and twice as ugly: pic#91781262lotrabc on August 11th, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
Weird. Although I've always kind of wanted to see what it's like to serve too, but with my attention span it probably wouldn't turn out well, lol.

But you have a genuine interest in criminal law and I think you would totally love the experience if you just got the opportunity! Maybe the attorneys at your firm could help you out?
Heather: true bloodsetentpet on August 11th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
well she set it off a year so i am sure to be called in that time. she changed my address so it should get to me. although where i work and what i do, probably won't land me on any jury.
larger than life and twice as ugly: pic#91825418lotrabc on August 11th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, okay, I see. Well, I hope it's sooner rather than later then, now that everything's all straightened out. Sorry you don't have a jury-prone position though. =D