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This morning at 7:10AM there was a loud knock at the front door. Juannie got out of bed to look through the peephole and spied a Jefferson Parish policeman in uniform. I'd already left for work so my poor husband immediately thought that I had been in an accident and the officer was coming to notify him about my condition.

Juannie opened the door and the officer stated that he had a subpoena for me. For jury duty. My husband was stunned. He asked the officer, "Are all of the jury duty notifications hand-delivered now?" The officer replied, "We've being doing this shit since April."

I know that people are desperate to avoid jury duty and certainly lie about receiving their notifications but having police officers deliver them door-to-door seems like a huge waste of manpower and money.

This is my first time ever getting a jury duty summons. All that moving around over the years kept me under the radar. Luckily, my company gives full pay for jury duty so it's not a financial hardship. I will look upon this as an opportunity to get lots of reading done while I wait around at the courthouse.


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Aug. 19th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
Though I've been eligible for some five years, I've never been summoned for jury duty. It's ironic, because I -- like you -- don't mind doing my civic duty. Other than minor inconvenience to one's schedule, it doesn't really offer anything so bad as to earn the public's disdain.
Aug. 26th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
I'm grateful that my company pays us to serve. We just have to turn in any check we receive from the court system to the company so the recoup some of their pay for that day (or days).
Aug. 19th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Having an officer knock on one's door is like having the postman ring twice. It's just unnerving.
Aug. 26th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
Haha! My husband was extra unnerved because he was in the buffo when he looked through the peephole. Talk about shrinkage!
Aug. 26th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)

Understandable though. Certainly not the thing you expect to be seeing standing on your porch!
Aug. 19th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Jury duty really isn't that bad. The waiting around lets you get lots of reading done. The people-watching at the courthouse is quite entertaining. Seeing the way the system works from a juror's perspective can be interesting. And it'll give you something to write about on LJ. :)

Incredibly strange that they personally serve jury duty summons. We just get ours in the mail here (I'm up for duty again on September 10, myself. Not too bad, since my last time up was February 14, 2005.)
Aug. 26th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
I'm forty-three so it's way overdue for me to serve. I don't mind at all. It will be an adventure I'm sure.

Edited at 2008-08-26 03:31 am (UTC)
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Aug. 26th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
My husband asked a detail officer at the store where he works about it. The officer was pretty disdainful about this new responsibility they've been given.
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