My journey to becoming a juror all started with the luck of the draw; I received a juror questionnaire in the mail. My luck continued when my questionnaire was randomly chosen and I was summoned to attend jury duty.
The morning of jury duty I joined several hundred other people who were just as lucky as me. We watched a video about jury duty and then we got to hear a judge talk about the important of jurors. For the next three hours we all sat around trying to make the time pass as quickly as possible by reading, surfing the web etc.
Just before lunch, a large number of jurors were called to go down to a courtroom and as luck would have it, I was one of them. Once in the courtroom the judge introduced herself and established the rules of her court. She is the kind of person you would never want to have against you but someone you would definitely want on your side.
After lunch 14 jurors were randomly called up to fill the 14 seats in the juror box and guess what? Yep, I was one of them. I was called up for seat #3 and was one of the few jurors that made it through all of the questioning by the prosecutor and defense attorney without being dismissed.
My stint as a juror ended up lasting 8 long days. I quickly learned that being a juror is very tiring. Sitting still while listening to testimony is more exhausting than one would realize. It also cost me more money to be a juror than what I got paid for being one because I had to put my son in daycare more often than usual. Despite all of that I still found jury duty to be a very rewarding experience. It was interesting to see our justice system at work right before my eyes. I am glad that I am free from doing it for at least another year but I am also glad that I had the opportunity to experience it.
Have you ever served as a juror before? How was your experience?