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Jun. 13th, 2011 | 07:25 pm

Ever since I have decided to become a professional educator, I have tried my very best to be a model citizen as well. I have taken the time to pay attention to the ever-so-boring political arena; kept up with the not-so-positive news; and registered to vote every year. Along with these duties is of course: Jury Duty.

When I was taking a Sociology course many years back, one comment that my professor made was, "If you ever are selected for jury duty, please make sure you try to attend." So, keeping that in mind, I have been waiting patiently for my day to serve as a juror in the federal court of law. What I was unaware of was just how inconvenient serving in the federal court is. So... here's the story behind my title.

About a month ago, I received my first summons. I was thrilled, but at the same time upset because it was asking me to take time off of work to attend jury duty. I normally would have stated yes and just gone to report in, however it was the end of the school year and I had a mountainous amount of work that needed to be done within a short period of time. So, I composed a letter explaining why I would not be able to attend. I included hard copies showing clearly the timeline I was working with and the deadlines that were asked of me by my superiors. I was relieved that my request was accepted. However, unbeknownest to me... I was summoned exactly ONE month later. Now, dear readers, it is clearly stated that we are summoned randomly for jury duty. I find that a tad difficult to believe since I was summoned exactly ONE month later. Needless to say, I thought about composing yet another letter showing that I am needed to work with a summer media program instead. However, I decided I would suck it up and just do my civic duty.

That day came... today. I gave up going to paddling practice to sit home and wait until it was my time to call in for reporting instructions. As I waited, I prayed that I would not have to report because I wanted to stay with my students and work with them on the Media program, assisting them and preparing them for the upcoming school year. My call in time came and I dialed the 11 digit number waiting to hear my fate. I became absolutely livid when I heard that it was rescheduled for the very next day! WHAT?? YOU MEAN I HAVE TO DO THIS WHOLE WAITING GAME AGAIN... TOMORROW!? Yep... I need to wait another day to find out if I need to report to jury duty... again! Ugh!

I can now officially understand why many Americans despise jury duty so much. It literally puts your whole life on hold. I am not content with that. In all honesty, if I were not doing the summer program and I didn't have
other responsibilities in life this would not be a problem, but the simple fact is... I DO! In honesty, the government needs to find a much better method for selecting jury duty and keeping it stress free. That being stated, I do not know how that would be... I know that court cases rely on many variables and it is very difficult to determine when a court case will fall through and when it will not. It is forever changing, much like teaching (only teaching is much more stable). So... I guess I just need to suck this up as well and continue to stress over my fate for the next two weeks until I find out what the end result will be.
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Sarah

From: sarahjeangirl
Date: Jun. 14th, 2011 05:20 am (UTC)
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yep. totally feel your pain.

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Jun. 14th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

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The jagged edges

From: serrated_star
Date: Jun. 14th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
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Jury duty sucks! I wonder if it wouldn't be better if it were voluntary. I'm ready to give up my voting rights to prevent doing jury duty since that's how they pull people in this state. Bleeck.

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Jun. 14th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
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See.... I really don't want to fall into the "Jury Duty SUCKS!" frame of thinking, but when the experience is THIS stressful, it is really difficult not to think it sucks. Simply put, my life is literally on hold because of these two words: Jury Duty. I can't go to practice and I have to continue to cautiously plan my days because of it. That's what is painful. I just wish there was a better way of know whether or not you need to attend, instead of this "call in the evening and find out."

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Sarah

From: sarahjeangirl
Date: Jun. 14th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
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haha, if it were voluntary, no one would do it!

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AhorashiiKagome

From: ahorashiikagome
Date: Jun. 15th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
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Everyone hates Jury Duty! And now you know why lol It really is a big inconvenience and most of the time the people working there just don’t give a damn. I got summed once while in university during finals and they gave me such a hard time and we basically telling me to reschedule my exams. They didn’t seem to understand that my school charges you to reschedule your exams at a nice $150 per exam. I don’t know about but I didn’t exactly have $600 laying around just to had move to the university to wait around to see if I’ll be picked. When I told the lady that she was all, “well you know, you get paid $15 a day here.” And I just laughed and said, “So where’s the other $585 going to come from?” She was unbelievably rude until I finally convince the woman to get her supervisor and after explaining the situation to him, he let me go.

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