May 18, 2009

No Civic Duty for Me

I've posted before on the great sadness of my life. I've never gotten a letter telling me to show up at the courthouse for jury duty. Ever. I'm 24 years old, and never been to to the courthouse for jury duty.

So imagine my excitement when I get a letter a few weeks ago! I was so incredibly excited about it - but I didn't tell anyone because I didn't want to jinx it. My letter said I was alternate which isn't the "A Team" but I'll take what I can get.

As an alternate, I had to call at 11 to find out if the B team was needed, and if so, I would need to be at the courthouse at 1:30.

Last Tuesday I woke up and ran some errands and at 11:00 sharp I was home and on the phone.

Only to find out they didn't want me.

How am I supposed to do my civic duty if they never want me?

My first letter was a total bust.

19 comments:

  1. Don't worry...I've heard that once your social security number gets in the system, you'll get called for jury duty often. I completely believe it. When I was a Louisiana resident, I got called 3 times in a year and a half.

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  2. you crack me up! I know it is a civic duty and all, but I kind of think jury duty and our justice system are bit defunct these days (don't worry, my law student hubby already knows my feelings). I honestly wouldn't want John Doe deciding my fate because the lawyers are not there to just explain the law to you - they are there to explain the law to you in a way to convince you they are right, and I'm sorry but law is confusing! There is a reason lawyers get paid what they do. I get enough law at home that I really don't need it in the rest of my life. I hope to never have to make this choice, but if I were ever on trial, I honestly think I would pick a judge over a jury. Just my opinion, but I'm hoping once hubby is a full blown lawyer they won't want me! Plus, as sad as this sounds, they generally don't want "educated" people. Anyhow, I hope you get picked it you want to! I think once our county finds out you will show up they will start calling on you more.

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  3. Don't be sad about not getting called in for jury duty. I was called in last December (during my vacation). There were about 120 people there. 5 groups of 20 people were called. I was one of the 20 people who NEVER got called but had to stay there from 7:30-4:00. Sitting in the waiting room, watching a horrible, not funny movie on the tv and hoping the battery in my ipod touch wouldn't die before I had to go home. It was so boring. Courts in my county also take a 2 hour lunch. Seriously????
    At one point, I wanted to get called just so I had something to do. But as the afternoon wore on and it was 3:00, I was scared of getting called because I would probably have to go back the next day. I didn't want to give up 2 whole days of my Christmas vacation sitting in a jury waiting room.
    I never got called. I went to the store after to do some grocery shopping and purchased a lotto scratcher and won $20. No jury selection and $20. Good day!

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  4. ... the secrets out...

    i HOPE i get jury duty too!

    i once got the letter.. .went... and was hoping it'd be for some super awesome case...

    turned out i wasn't even picked... and it was for a public intoxication charge.

    BORING!

    :) KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED FOR A GOOD CASE FOR US BOTH! :)

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  5. I was excited to do it for the first time too! Hopefully next time you'll be able to go.

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  6. Be careful what you wish for...I used to think that, too, but when I was in Colorado, my name got called FOUR times before I turned 22. Thank goodness I didn't have to go because I was still in college and couldn't miss the classes. I was let off the hook on a technicality because I was living in Boulder county for school, but my permanent address was my parents' house in another county. Once would have been cool, and I would have been happy to do it...but FOUR TIMES???

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  7. I want to as well! My parents were both on really big murder trials though, not sure I want to do that.

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  8. I really want to go too!!! I totally understand your disappointment!!

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  9. I get out of every jury duty! Totally not feeling it!

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  10. I have never met anyone who was that excited to serve on jury duty! Too funny. I've always heard they went by your drivers license. I've been called 3 times and i'm 34.

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  11. I sooo want to be a juror too! I got a letter a couple of years ago and they didn't want me either! Lame!

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  12. No way that's your sister?!?--she was TOTALLY my inspiration on race day--like, I want to look like her! Small world!!

    And yes, we must live close--I live right across the street from the shopping center that has the Mi Cocina, the LA Fitness and the CVS.

    Maybe we should plan a spray tan date?? tee hee! Hope you're doing well!

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  13. You sound like me! I REALLY want to be picked for jury duty! I've been called a couple of times. Once was for traffic court, so it was lame. They just picked people in order of their seats, so I was chosen. Not based on anything. And it was really lame, so it doesn't count.

    Got called again, but didn't get picked. I even went through all of the questioning, too. I think I looked WAY too eager. ha!!

    Last time, they told us to go home right when we got there.

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  14. Are you still blogging??? :(
    xoxo

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  15. the same thing happened to me. i feel so gipped! lol

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  16. I just finished 18 days of Grand Jury. I have spent most of my life getting out of jury duty but this time I had no excuses. My kids are over 17 and my job pays me while I serve. Well, let me tell you something. Serving on the Grand Jury was certainly an experience!! I learned so much about the law and the court system. All of us on the Grand Jury, 23, really took our civic duty seriously.We all did our best to make fair and just decisions and we got to hear testimony on a variety of criminal cases. When I retire, I plan to volunteer! Good luck!

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  17. Do you still blog? If so, please email me! I'm a stay at home wife in Dallas. There are so few of us!!! It would be great to connect!

    hersoutherncharm@gmail.com
    www.hersoutherncharm.blogspot.com

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  18. Hilarious! Well, at your YOUNG age, there is still time... ;) I've never even made it to the B team!!!

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