So, after two days on jury duty (ugh!), I've been thinking over what lessons I learned from the experience. Number one: things go a lot smoother once I stop fighting what I can not change. (And it could have been so much worse. I only lost two days of work.)
In no particular order, here are some other things I learned from the experience:
- They take a lot of breaks. We'd sit in court for an hour, and then the judge would call a ten minute break. Another hour, another 15 minutes off.
- An hour and a half for lunch!
- Things look a lot different from the jury box. Everyone was talking to us. And those chairs weren't half bad.
- Apparently, in my location we could do the orientation online. But only if we logged in on Sunday before the week we had to report. So, instead of getting there before 8 AM, I could have shown up after 9. (Instead, I tried to log in the night before. Sigh.)
- It's surprisingly easy to find other things to talk about with the other jurors besides the case. Although, inappropriate jokes did wend their way in as well.
- How to find the jury foreman: appoint the guy who volunteers.
Finally, the biggest thing I took away from the experience is how much I hated coming up with a verdict. That was hard!