Wednesday Aug 20, 2008

I want to be on a jury

I got another jury summons today. It's my third one this year already. Since I'm not a US citizen I dutifully completed the intelligibility declaration, enclosed a photocopy of the picture page from my Canadian passport and mailed it off to the court clerk. I'm sure I'll receive another summons well before the end of the year.

The rigmarole to get out of jury duty got me thinking though. It's more onerous to prove your eligibility for employment than it is to prove you can't serve on a jury. I think that it should be at least as difficult to become a juror as it is to take a job. Yep, you read that right. I can't understand why so many people want to get out of jury duty and try so hard to do so--Yes, Your Honor\*, it is true. I am prejudiced against all races. (From what I've heard attempting to escape jury duty with this ploy will get you a contempt of court citation).

I never received a jury summons in Canada before coming to the US and it makes me kind of sad that I've never had the opportunity to do my civic duty. I do know that should I ever be eligible again and I receive a jury summons I'll be showing up and I'll be the most eager aspirant juror they've seen in a long time.

\* Intentionally spelled this way just this one time.

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