I got a jury duty summons yesterday. Cool!
I’ve never been called before. Well, actually, I have, but when I got it I had moved out of the county where the court sat and I hadn’t updated my driver’s license. But this time I’m looking forward to it.
The court doesn’t give you a whole lot of options to avoid it. The list of twelve excuses are pretty much of a deal-breaker such as being a convicted felon whose civil rights have not been restored (not a easy thing to accomplish in Florida), being under prosecution for a crime (yeah, I can see how that would kinda sour you on the system), or being an expectant mother (I assume that means pregnant as opposed to holding out hope that your child will grow up and marry a doctor). They’re also pretty firm in their argument for showing up:
The court realizes that jury duty imposes a hardship on citizens. However, the right to trial by jury is a faundamental principle guaranteed by the Constitution. It is the duty of every citizen to serve as a juror when called upon to do so. The law requires you to attend.
As in the fashion of all jury pools, you call in the night before to see if you need to report. I’m hoping I get to go. I love theatre, and it will provide an interesting insight to the court system that you don’t get from watching TV.
My summons is for the middle of June, so stay tuned.