May 30, 2007
What a terrible way to start the day. I wake up, check the mail and there’s a wierd envelope from the 17th Judical Circuit Court. Fairly certain I haven’t committed any major crimes the justice system would have indisputable evidence to lead to conviction I knew exactly what the letter contained.
I have been selected for Jury Duty….
The one thing I’ve noticed when reading all the paper work is how RUDE they are. On the first line they refer to my person as “Term #31 Juror”. I have a freakin name they addressed a letter to my house! They also write this documentation like I have no idea how to read or find what is important in a selection of writing. Every other sentence has either bold or bold underline or CAPITOL UNDERLINE even BOLD CAPITOL UNDERLINE font and poorly executed exclamation points. The best part is the least important part of information (Jury Clerk’s name) is in the largest font size and bolded….ugh….pffft…sigh….eh….
Here is an example of this travesty….
“You cannot postpone your service, after Thursday, July 26th, 2007!”
Give me a freaking break. I understand there maybe others that need assistance and have a hard time understanding this document but if they want to help only underlining “cannot” “postpone” and “after” they should have just gone ahead and underlined the date.
I’m just bitter. The court doesn’t pay you jack crap, I’m going to have to waste vacation days to take care of this, and of course it’s in the middle of the summer. Nowhere in these documents is there a “thank you”. After going though these documents and filling out the paper work I can see why Jury Duty is so loathed. Regardless if anything comes up I’ll just postpone my serve date.
UPDATE: Upon getting to work and reading my employers “Jury Duty and Witness Pay” policy I will not have to take PTO/vacation to appear in court. I will get paid my normal rate for hours missed for up to 90 days. This news makes this process at least a little bet better. I’ll post my experiences….