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Thursday, November 8, 2007


So I've been summoned to jury duty. Again. I get summoned at least once a year. They must like me. This is Petit jury, and it will be a week long trial term...Ummmmm...NO!

First, let me say I totally believe it is the duty of every able person who enjoys the freedom living int he country affords to serve on a jury when called. That's how our justice system works. You can't have a jury of your peers without peers who are willing to serve. BUT, it just is not realistic for a homeschooling mother of 4 (ages 10 and under) to serve on a jury for a week. And I do meet the qualifications for exemption due to my stay-at-home mom of a 2 1/2 year old status, but it's funny how persistent they are in summoning me when I know some people who have never been summoned.

The last one I actually went to was for GRAND jury. Now there's one you don't want to get picked for, as the grand jury can be called anytime for a certain number of months. Sometimes it pays to have a high juror number, as they filled the jury box before they got to me.

I really look forward to serving sometime though, just not right now for this particular commitment. I am grateful though to live in a county where there is a system of trial by jury and not just randomly enforced laws with punishments carried out at the whim of one person. And I love that as citizens we get to be part of the process. We are really blessed that our system, even with its flaws, works as well as it does. All you have to do is keep up with international events to appreciate that truth.
I am even more blessed though that the ultimate judge is God and the price for my trangressions is already paid in the precious blood of Jesus.
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Tiffany said...

I have never been called for jury duty but my sister is like you, she gets called at least once a year!

Anonymous said...

Only once a year! You are lucky! I get called twice a year every year since we moved here. My last notice was a month ago, prior to that it was April. When I turned 18, I was living with my dad during the summer in West Palm and was called to serve in a federal grand jury in Tampa. They notified us that we could be there 6 months. Thankfully, I had P then and was excused.
Mike has only been called twice.