I received a letter a month ago saying that I have been summoned to come for a two day jury duty. I was like, Oh my really? What am I going to do? All of a sudden I got a little anxious. So I am one of the lucky ones who have been randomly selected for a jury duty on a Monday.
As instructed on the sheet, I called the night before and the automatic answering machine said that ALL jurors must report as summoned on the letter. I had informed my manager about my jury duty and since I am working that day, they excused me and they’ll still pay me and not use my PTO.
Waking up on the first day feels like my first day going to school. I did not know what to expect since this was my first ever jury duty. As instructed, I arrived before 8am and the juror assembly room was already full. Then I had to submit my compensation form and found a nice seat after that. At 9:15, a judge came and gave an introductory or welcome speech that lasted for about 15 minutes.
Then the waiting began… and then they started calling names. Then at 1100 they sent 50 jurors home and I was not included. I finished a book and just sometimes walk inside the room since I can’t stand sitting for too long. We were not allowed to leave the room unless it’s break time. There are restrooms, refrigerator and 3 microwaves. At 3:30pm 35 jurors were called and I was one of them. The only time I have been in a courtroom was when I got married. So this time it was very different. We listen to the judge, the attorneys and then we have to answer questions. At 4:40pm they send us home and told us to come back the next day.
I was running late because the traffic was really bad but thankfully, I made it right on time. At 9:30am they called us back in and the attorneys asked few more questions then they asked us to wait in the room across the courtroom. Around 10:30, they announced who are going to sit in the trial… My name wasn’t called. The rest of us who were not called went back to the assembly room.
At 1100, they called 40 jurors who will stay until 5pm and I was not one of them. Good for most of us since we got to go home early! Not bad for a first time.