I've gone to jury duty a number of times and served on a civil case about twenty years ago. Here are some things I learned form my jury duty experience today.
1. It's a long walk from the parking to the jury plaza.
2. There is a lot of waiting.
3. The benches in the courtroom are harder than church pews!!!! Three and a half hours without a break makes for an aching back.
4. Just because a person speaks in courtrooms, does not mean he/she is a good public speaker.
5. Addressing people by their correct name is important.
6. You must presume someone innocent even though the Grand Jury decided there was enough evidence against that person to indict. (I'm okay with that.)
7. Attorneys usually don't choose law enforcement personnel for their juries.
8. It costs more to park than you get paid for the day ($8/$6).
9. Burglary of a habitation does not mean the person broke in the house. They may have walked in an unlocked or open door.
10. Burglary of a habitation does not mean a theft took place.
11. Female judges who smile a lot are probably more strict than their unsmiling male counterparts.
12. You're lucky if you get a bailiff with a good sense of humor.
13. The intentions of a person is difficult to prove.
Bonus fact - You can donate your $6 jury pay to a number of charities.
So, I did my civic duty today, and even though some of it was boring or difficult, I would be happy to do it again. Have you visited the home of the new Thursday Thirteen?