Tuesday, May 28, 2013
In California,You are sent a jury summons appomx 28 days before you are required to serve.The weekend prior to date,you call in to see if you have to serve on Monday. If you have to go in,it's one day or one trial.You sit in a room of about 160 other people waiting to see if you have to serve.If you don't get called,you are excused untilthe next year.No 15.00 plus 39 cents a mile unless you are there two or more days. If you don't show up,you can be arrested and have to pay a 1500 dollar fine and or jail time.Most people don't want to serve.Its a hassle, with their job,child care beliefs etc....Now me; I would love to serve.I understand the law,retired Calif.peace officer plus I'm healthy,and retired.Because I worked Probation ,I was sent a jury summons every year.Only once did I get as far as a seat on the jury panel.Of course it was a gang-related assault ie my specialty.Of course I was dismissed.Another time I was recognized by the attorney in a case and excused after a crazy woman was dismissed.I figured now I'm retired,I will be put on a case.Today I sat with 160 others,most griping about being there. I had my books(pare in the car) food,coffee,change for the vending machine.At 10:30 they said there were several trials going on. 80 people would be called.Yippee! my name was called!Finally I will be on a jury.then the clerk said,"listen carefully,all 80 called,you are excused for this year."All of the people who thought they had skated were now going to be on a jury.Most of the people who were called became giddy with relief.Me Grumpy!I think once a peace officer always a peace officer. My name must get red flagged every time I show up for jury duty.In my opinion, I would make a good juror.So maybe next year!