August 18, 2009

All rise for the joy...


Courtroom One Gavel, originally uploaded by Joe Gratz.

Just checking in to let you all know that I may be a little distant over the next few weeks. I will try to keep up regular posts, but it may be hard to find inspiration. Well, at least inspiration that I can talk about.

Today, I was selected for jury duty.

I am not allowed to talk about the case until it is over.

All I can tell you is that I am in Judge Erlich's court room on the 10th floor. We will be in session from now until next Thursday. And...Oh! We have windows. (The Judge told me to say that...they are mighty proud of their windows, since many courtrooms in this courthouse don't have them.)

So far, it has been an interesting experience.

I know many of you have never been called for jury duty and others that have been have found a reason to get out of it. I may be singing a different tune at the end of this, but today I encourage anyone who is ever selected for this process to participate if you are able to. I am thankful that I have a salary job that is slow this time of year and can take the time off.

It could be considered inconvenient, but my thought today is that I am there for a reason and I will learn something about the judicial system, my community, or myself through this process. To be a juror, you have to remain impartial. I am impartial to the case and impartial to the reason that I am there. How exciting it will be to reflect on this later...to see what I have learned.

I'll be back as soon as I can!

Sincerely,

Juror #14

4 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to be on a jury... it seems like an essential democratic responsibility. I wouldn't dream of shirking my duty to vote, so why avoid this one? Unfortunately, I've only been called once - during the school year when I was still teaching fifth grade. As I told the judge, at that moment, my civic duty was being there for my public school students. Here's hoping my number comes up during summer vacation...

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  2. Juror #14 - I salute you for carrying out your civic duty!

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  3. what a wonderful perspective-to change it around from an inconvience to a powerful learning experience. I send vibes of clarity and peace to your courtroom today.

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  4. I love the idea of taking what the Universe throws at you and learning from it. I feel it's our civic duty to participate in our democracy - even when it is inconvenient. Many people have died to give us the rights we have. I want to do my part to make those sacrafices worthi it.

    Good for you!!!

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