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Jury Duty

October 15th, 2012 at 01:07 pm

Yikes, today is such a Monday!! Actually, I usually like Mondays because I am so refreshed. But today has been such the typical Monday. Good thing the day is FLYING by. {I did a couple of REALLY stupid things, so I am keeping all the "stupid" to myself for the rest of the day - trying to avoid all human contact, which isn't too hard}.

Dh got summoned for jury duty. It's the kind of thing I think he would enjoy. & I think maybe the first time he can actually participate. (Our county is easy to get out of if you are sole breadwinner or stay-home small kid watcher - which of course we could not afford to do jury duty so glad they are so lenient. I hear surrounding counties are not near as nice). So, anyway, no small kids at home, so jury duty it is.

I saw today that Mrs. Money Mustache had a recent jury duty experience and was bemoaning all the commuting and inconvenience. I suppose this burst my bubble a bit, but was talking about it with dh, and we decided it really shouldn't be that big of a deal. For one, we have always lived very close to downtown. There won't be any commuting (not any more than it is to get the kids to school, which can also be a real pain). So maybe erasing the whole commuting aspect will make it a lot easier. I personally don't think it will affect the kids or I very much - not planning to use any daycare or help. & I think dh will enjoy the change of scenery.

Will see!

5 Responses to “Jury Duty”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    The courts here have been flexible about letting people with irreplaceable "parental duty" off jury duty. Sometimes, though, I wonder how they get enough people to serve...If your DH can do it, I hope he will.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I don't know what jury duty is like in NM, but in TX both times I was called to serve, I ended up not serving. The first time I called the morning of jury duty only to be told I wasn't needed. The second time I took a bus to downtown Fort Worth, and spent about 4 hours working on preparing for my GRE test, when I was told I could go home. The second time is as close as I've ever actually gotten to really serving.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    I am sure odds are slim he will even have to go in. I've only been called once without an automatic excuse. It was in college and the guy confessed right after we showed up - took a plea - so we were all excused. & I think that is the extra laxness of our county - the automatic out - not having to show up and beg you are sole breadwinner or caregiver. We usually just check a box and return the summons. My boss does not pay jury duty (small business) and it is always far more hassle for coworkers in other cities.

  4. baselle Says:

    I found my jury duty service very interesting, learned a lot from the experience and took my task seriously. I felt a little bummed that as the alternate I heard testimony but didn't decide anything.

  5. Thrifty Ray Says:

    I always go when served. This past time, I was on the jury, but the defendant pled once we were seated, so Ive never actually sat in a trial. I think it would be very interesting. I feel it is our responsibility to serve and dont understand why there is such a stigma about being called and getting 'out of it'. (Understanding that there are very legitimate reasons for some to do so) thanks to the hub for going!!

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