My Civic Duty

After nearly seven years of never receiving a jury summons, I finally received my very first one. It’s ironic, I finally receive a jury summons when one of the few jobs can actually preclude me from serving. While many people may find many reasons as to why they shouldn’t serve on the jury, I’ve actually been waiting for this moment.

While I know there are legitimate excuses, perhaps one of the reasons that serving on the jury doesn’t bother me is because as a government employee, we are paid our normal work wage while we are serving jury duty. While I know this might not be the altruist excuse some people would want, it’s the truth. It’s difficult to get people to want to serve on a jury if you’re only going to pay them $5 a day especially when they are struggling to live on a day to day basis.

But back to why I may not get the opportunity to be on the jury. Because I work for the Office of the Public Defender, it could potentially be perceived that I’m biased given this fact. I do believe that I can non-bias, but let’s see if the assistant district attorney will believe that.

At the very least, it will be convenient for me to get there, I am summoned to serve on the Hall of Justice jury, which is almost right across the street from where I work.

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