I didn’t get picked. I think I was one of the finalists but one of the attorneys used a challenge on me. So, I was sent on my way. Oh well. It might have been interesting to see first hand how a trial works but I really didn’t want to be a juror.
I have just gotten back from the first round of the process. The trial is a criminal one. The attorneys for the State of Indiana and the defendant asked each prospective juror a few questions to determine whether they would be impartial. Unfortunately, I had no prior knowledge of the case, so my chances of getting out of this are not looking good. The judge did say that the trial should last only two or three days, so it might not be too much of a hardship.
I have been summoned to court tomorrow to appear for jury selection. I really hope I am not picked. I know, my civic duty and all, but I cannot afford to take much time off from work. I think people who serve on a jury get a small stipend but I doubt it the amount would be enough to compensate for the loss of income.
Also, I really don’t want the responsibility of having to sift through conflicting testimonies to decide if someone is guilty or innocent, or who is in the wrong in a civil case. I’m not very good at that sort of thing. I am not very good at mediating disputes between my children and would have no idea how to determine if complete strangers are lying.