Ugh, Jury Duty…


Have you ever received a summons for jury duty? Do you dread it?  I received one a couple of weeks ago to serve for this week.  When I told people I was summoned, almost without fail, everyone said {with a grimaced face, I might add} something along the lines of “Ugh, jury duty“.  Maybe, the system needs a revamp if they want happy jurors serving.

Raymond_Courthouse {photo from Wikipedia — Hinds County Courthouse, National Historic Register}

I’ve been summoned 7 times for jury duty since I was eligible and I DREAD IT!  How is 7 times a random drawing when my husband has never been summoned once, I ask?

The more I thought about jury duty, the more anxious and stressed I became. One of the major reasons for my stress was that my daughter’s graduation from college is this Friday and I was afraid I would not be excused from duty.

Why do we dislike it so much?  I’ve listed my reasons below.

My Reasons for Disliking Jury Duty

  1. Jury duty is an interruption to my schedule.
  2. It’s boring.  I sit for a l-o-n-g time while the sorting of people takes place.
  3. I don’t get paid at least minimum wage for my time.
  4. I can’t take in my phone, a magazine, a book, or snacks to help pass the time.
  5. I have to sit in really uncomfortable chairs in tight spaces which makes my knees ache because of my arthritis.
  6. Small talk is required, in order to pass the time, with the other jurors, who are just as miserable as I am.
  7. I feel like I’m made to do it instead of choosing to do it.
  8. I don’t want to have to decide the fate of others.
  9. Comfy clothing is not an option. I’m required to trade in my jeans and flip flops for something stiff but fancy.
  10. My family suffers because I suffer. Happy Mommy = Happy Family; Miserable Mommy = Miserable Family
  11. You have to act interested…it’s not even the good gossip (not that you can share it anyway).
  12. Parking is notoriously awful; if you’re not the judge…you’re parking way in the back.

How do you feel about jury duty? Relish your civic duty or fear the jury dirge?



“There is only one Law-giver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy.  But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?” James 4:12 NIV Bible

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