After my last post, there were only three more required days. I was honestly surprised that I was only asked to go in 6 times, of which 2 days were canceled the night before. My entire life, I've heard people moan and groan when they get assigned to jury duty so in my mind it became a HUGE commitment. Turns out it was only a very minor inconvenience to my regular work schedule, a few late nights and everything was back to normal.
Day 4 - actual trial! The judge went through a long list of reasons to call people up to the front, it took an hour. Once they narrowed down the list of jury members who might be suitable for this trial they begin calling us up in groups of 6 or 7, can't remember the exact number. We stood in a line and one by one they called us to stand forward one step. They look at their paperwork, they look back at us and then say "Juror selected" or "Pass". I was not selected. This particular case was 1st degree assault and battery. I was very severe that day, dressed in all black with my hair in a tight bun so I can understand why I might have not been selected. I got to leave by 11am.
Day 5 - actual trial! This time I was determined to look softer and approachable so I wore browns with my hair down. I was selected! It was a DUI case and I was thrilled to sit on the Jury panel and witness how the system works. During the lunch break, which was 1.5 hours long, I got to walk around downtown and have coffee at The Plum restaurant, which I've always wanted to check out but it's only open during business hours and when am I ever downtown during business hours? Only on jury duty I guess!
Day 6 - I requested off due to a dentist appointment.
Day 7 - was canceled!
And that sums up my entire 5 weeks of jury duty.