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Justice, You've Been SERVED!

It's been a week and a half since my last post! I'm sure you've all been dying to know how the Great Jury Duty Adventure played out, right? Well, pretend that you are...

Early morning bus ride: Success. Because it's me, I was at the bus stop well before the scheduled arrival time, for the bus that would unquestionably get me to Oregon City a half-hour before the time of the summons. That gave me plenty of time to walk five blocks to look at the parking lot – which was nearly empty. I could have easily driven and found parking. I'll know for next time.

I checked-in before 8:00, and promptly filled out the two required forms, and waited for things to get going. And waited. And waited. Apparently I am one of the few people in this country who thinks that a Court Summons at 8:00 means that you really do need to show up then, not wander in sometime later, as if you're attending a friend's housewarming party. (I know, it's "just" Jury Duty, but still: Contempt of Court! Why would you risk that?)

Anyway, the Jury Coordinator was brusque and businesslike, but very patient with the humans, and we eventually viewed the Jury Orientation video (highlight: a brief appearance by Judge Fun (his actual name!), although he was quite serious in the video). Mostly the orientation told us how important and awesome it was to be on a jury, but it did cover the sequence of events one might expect and a juror's role. So that was okay.

The Jury Coordinator then explained that there were three cases in the docket, which would get started at 9:00. By 10:00 or so, she would hear whether they would need a jury or had been resolved in one of several ways that precluded jury action.

Then we waited some more. I wrote ideas for comics. About 9:30 we heard that the first case had waived a jury trial. A bit after 10:00, the other two cases were resolved, so we were free to go! I got my bonus bus pass from the Jury Coordinator, and left.

So, no more Jury Duty for at least two years. I am a little disappointed that my awesome skills at judging others went unused, but I was able to get back to BHFT and all the tasks waiting for me there. So it all worked out fine, just as I expected.

And there weren't bears.

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