Monday, June 01, 2009

The Justice System Has Gone Hi-Tech

Well, here I am in the jury assembly room of the LA County Superior Court. It sure has changed from my previous jury service many years ago. First of all, they have Wi-Fi, allowing those of us who are otherwise bored to sleep a chance to spend the time productively (I've already been called, thanked and excused from one case). For those without a blog, there's regular internet, television, and the excitement of watching other people sleep, read, and talk to other people they will probably never meet again.

Most importantly, I no longer have to return every day for a week or more. The rule is "one case or one day." If my luck holds, I'll be back to work tomorrow. Well, maybe that's lucky - it depends on what's going on at work.

I'm still looking forward to this weekend's visit to Utah. I'm nearly counting the minutes until I can fly there. In the meantime, life goes on as usual. But some things don't remain the same, thankfully. The task of being a juror has been improved measurably. Now, if I can avoid being called on another case, I should be able to look back on this as a day relatively well-spent.


Fiauna said...

I've never been called to jury duty. (Knocking on wood as I type.) And hopefully, never get called. But at least they've now joined the 21st century, right?

Jay Allen said...

I had Jury Duty in LA county in July (maybe Aug) of 1995 (right after Fiauna's wedding.) I was put on a trial as an alternate and got to learn how to build a meth lab.
While waiting around to be placed on a jury (which took one week,) I watched the infamous OJ trial, and wrote letters to a young lady I had just met named Jeannie.