What I learned from my Jury Summons
I was called up for Jury Duty this week. It was my second time this year. My first one got deferred as I was going away at the same time as my jury duty.
But today, I went, and attended the Jury Selection Process.
Here’s what I learned:
1. If you only pay for a couple of hours, hoping you won’t be picked and will be sent home, you will definitely be picked. Conversely, if you pay for a whole day’s worth of parking, assuming you will be picked, then you won’t be. (I paid a full day, but the person sitting beside me only paid for 120 minutes. Guess who got picked?)
2. If you arrive late, you are guaranteed to be picked for Jury Duty. Every single person who arrived late and was added to the box after the other names were in was picked for Jury Duty.
3. Court officials are extremely aware that everyone hates Jury Duty and they’re a bit defensive about it in their opening talks.
4. Apparently, in NZ, serving on a jury does not exempt you from Jury Duty for the next 6 months to a year. Oh no. I got home today to another summons next month.
5. Having a vomiting child at home is not a valid excuse to be excused on the day of Jury Duty. You’re still expected to find some kind of childcare. Sucks.