Posted by: chlost | November 10, 2011

Take him, not me

Just a few weeks ago, Husband received a letter in the mail that he had long awaited, but had determined he would never receive. He received a notice for jury duty. He has often complained that he had never been called for jury duty. Finally! The notice required him to fill out a form and return it to the court system within 10 days. It was in the mail the next morning. He’s excited about the prospect, and more than a little happy about the idea of being able to take time off work to fulfill his civic duty.

My job is in the court system. I am in court almost every day. For some reason Husband has decided that this is a glamorous system. Too many Law & Order previews. Despite my repeated comments to him that the system is slow, overcrowded, inefficient and frustrating, he has yearned to be a part of the whole mess.

Now he is going to have his chance. He was finally going to be part of the system that is important and one of the cornerstones of American Democracy. You could almost see his chest puff up in pride.

I could not contain my eye roll in pity for him.  “He will be so disappointed”, was the thought going through my mind.

Fast forward to yesterday.

In the mail was a summons for me to provide information to be part of the local grand jury.

Husband’s  comment?

“You just always have to be better than me.”




  1. That’s funny! When we get something from Superior Court, we’re each chanting, “please be you!” I don’t like jury duty, mostly because I have to drive downtown. I hope your husband enjoys his day of jury duty.

  2. LOL

    I hope your hubby enjoys jury duty. The only plus I have from my recent stint there is that we may have acquired a couple to occasionally have dinner and hang out with.

  3. I have always felt that jury duty was the undeserving little sister butt-end of jokes and wanted so badly to get the call, despite all the ugliness and failings of the justice system. Unfortunately, only a couple of months into my legal education did I learn I’d been perpetually disqualified. Tragid, I know.

    The GRAND jury…my, my.

    • This is the second time I have received a summons, but was excused right away when I listed my employment as a defense attorney. We’ll see how long it takes for the excuse this time. I think it would be fascinating to be involved. I would imagine that here a grand jury has not been convened for many years.

  4. Ha ha! I did jury duty and hope never again. Still, I prefer it to the times I’ve been subpoenaed for a case I’m involved in. Hate that.

    • Yes, I have had to testify a couple of times. I much prefer the other side of the table to that. I think being on a jury would be very interesting, just to see from the inside how it would work.

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