All Rise…

For the first time in my life, I report to jury duty today.

While everyone has been more than willing to share their own jury duty stories and have advised me on what to expect, I still have mixed emotions about it.  Part of me is looking forward to the experience and to see what it’s like, while the other half could care less and sees it as a waste of time.

Part of my negative attitude about the whole thing stems from my mother’s personal experience.  She used to get picked to serve every three years, and has served numerous times.  She even got selected for Grand and Federal although she never had to report to court for those.  I just remember how inconvenient it was for her since she lived alone at that time and had not been in the work force for very long.  It caused her a lot of stress.

Another thing that’s given it a negative connotation for me is the instructions I received in the mail.  They are very hard to decipher.  I’ve even let other people read them and they agree.  I think I could rewrite them and have them make more sense.  I’m not the smartest person in the world, but I have common sense, and if I’m having trouble understanding the rules then I know other people out there have had the same issue.

Lucky for me, my job does pay for up to 10 days of service.  I’m hoping I don’t have to go that long.  I’m just glad I can bring a book to read. More about this on Wednesday after I experience my first day at jury duty.

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