Jury Duty

For the first time in my life I received a jury summons in the mail. Not just any jury summon, mind you. This was a federal jury summons.

According to the paperwork that arrived, I'm put in a pool of potential jurors to hear federal cases for a four month period of time. During that four month period I can be called to go through the jury selection process (with advance notice given when I need to show up, of course). There's a list of exemptions or hardship excuses you can petition the court to get out of it but since I don't qualify for any of them I guess I'll be calling a phone number once a week to see if they need me down at the federal courthouse.

Though I can't say I look forward to actually sitting on a jury, I think it would be interesting experience to see how cases are actually prosecuted and defended and then have to weigh the evidence. A friend of mine sat on a sexual harassment case a couple years back and had some interesting stories to tell about the legal system and the case itself.

In any case it's out of my hands when or if I'm summoned. The required paperwork has been mailed back to the courthouse. All I can do is wait and see what happens.