I'm on jury duty call all of this week. That means that I have to call a number every evening after 5PM to see if I need to report for jury duty the following morning. If after all five days they don't order me to report, then I'm off the hook for another year. If they do order me to report, then I need to go to the courthouse and sit to see if I get sent to a pre-trial to be considered for jury duty. If I am rejected for a jury or if I don't get sent to a pre-trial, then my jury duty obligation is over and again I don't have to think about it for another year.
I don't know how it works in other parts of the country (USA) or how it works in other countries. I do know that in some other jurisdictions a person who has been called for jury duty needs to report every morning for the whole week, if they get picked for a jury or not and that seems like a huge waste of everyone time. I also know that, if one is interviewed to be on a jury that it's laughingly easy to not get picked. If it's a drug case then say you think drugs should be legal. If it's a robbery then say you were robbed and could never forgive the robber. I also know that, if you are not a registered voter, then you won't ever get called, so give up your right to vote and you won't have to worry about it. Etc., etc., etc.
Yet, now that I'm retired, I'm sort of interested in sitting on a jury. I mean it may be an interesting case that I might like being a part of. I'm being called to the Superior Court in and for the county of Los Angeles (just like Jack Webb used to say) so I might get a good chance to hear a really interesting case. I'm sure the folks who heard OJ Simpson's case were just there because their number was called. That said, I'm not sure that I would want me on anyone's jury. I watch jury type TV shows and films like Perry Mason and Twelve Angry Men and I compare them to the lynch mob mentality of films like The Ox-Bow Incident and To Kill a Mockingbird and it stirs me to public service, but it also leaves me wondering that if I get a case like that, am I worthy of it?
So...how do you feel? Have you been on a jury? Do you avoid jury duty? Do you look forward to it? If you were called to hear a really serious murder case, could you? What about a child rape case? Where is your line?