Me and Jury Duty..!

@cjsmom (1423)
United States
February 27, 2008 10:52am CST
A few weeks ago I received a notice in mail (addressed in my name) to show up at the courthouse to be a potential juror. I'm more than happy to do my duty as a citizen but because of CJ with his Autism and not having any family here or friends that aren't working during the day (that could watch him if I couldn't get home before he got home from school) I filled out the questionnaire asking to be released. I received a reply basically saying, "Too bad." I had to show up anyway and the Judge would decide whether I would be excused or not. I had to call a pre-recorded message the night before; it was to confirm the date and time. The recorder said 10am but the reply I received told me 9am. So, after taking CJ to school because I had forgotten to call the bus to start picking him up again from being sick, I rushed home to finish getting ready. I got to courthouse at 8:45, went in and showed the Circuit Court Clerk my papers. I thought I had to be there early because of wanting to be dismissed but she apologized and told me that the Judge wouldn't even be there until after 10. I went back outside and sat in my vehicle until quarter to 10, went in, stood in line outside the courtroom where they were checking people's names off as they arrived. We all had to walk through the metal detector of course, and when it was my turn I told her my name. She found it but it was my husband's name, not mine. I freaked a bit and told her that the summons had been addressed to me or I wouldn't have opened it. I didn't want Mark or I to get into trouble. She said she would ask what was to be done. I sat in courtroom with the other potential jurors and watched while they started picking the 12 + 1...I got a little anxious after a few hours; went to back of room and asked if I should call my husband at work to have him come. She went and asked the Clerk and came back telling me that the Judge had excused me. It was an interesting morning, to say the least.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Wow - I've only been called for jury duty one time in my life and I was really excited about it. It just happened though I was working 3rd shift then and they didn't excuse you paid from work unless you were actually called to sit on the jury. So, the first day I went to report I had been up all night, they took what seemed forever calling people up and talking to them, I feel asleep in my seat and they dismissed the rest, including me, before they got to me... I was a little disappointed but thankful to be able to go home and get a couple hours sleep before the kids came home from school & work.
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@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I know what you mean...it took forever to ask questions of the first 12 people they called to the jury box. By 11:30 they had only dismissed one person and called another from audience to take his place. That's why I needed to know what I should do because noone would be home for CJ when he got off the bus.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I still would like the experience sometime but for some reason have never been called again. Guess they didn't like me falling asleep while waiting :) Sure that's not the case but find it strange that other people have gotten called several times.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
27 Feb 08
That's just awful! I know the last time I got called up I wrote an explanation that I was a SAHM to 3 young children and had no regular daycare nor could I afford to pay for it on the measly $12 a day plus mileage they pay jurors...I was excused without needing to appear. You'd think they'd excuse a mom to an Autistic child more easily than a "regular SAHM"---sorry if that sounded weird I just didn't know how else to put it, hope you understood! And then all the nonsense you had to deal with once there...I'd definitely be complaining!
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@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Thank you for your response; I understood exactly what you were saying. Being a single mom of 3 is a lot to deal with as well. Bless you and your children.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
27 Feb 08
I would have bee irrate. They knew that long before you sitting there that long. They should have excused you to begin with. If you are taking care of someone and someone else cannot do it, they usually do. I think someone was just not willing to help you. I am glad you have been excused. Do you have to be ready for the next time?
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@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
27 Feb 08
I was more scared than mad. Didn't know if Mark and/or I would get into trouble. I guess, (since he was the one who was suppose to show up) they will put his name back in the 'pool' of names and if it's picked again he will have to go.