If so, how did it make you feel? Were you excited? Did you feel like your time had been violated? Would your appearance help or hurt someone you knew?
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I see. I guess when you have a job that requires you to be in court for such things, it makes it less stressful or annoying. Thank you for your input to this question.
Inside the court room is exciting, but scary. Like you said, there are so many rules. I can imagine being nervous about breaking the rules and then being punished for that. What a bad day that would be.
They grant you leeway if you're not a professional who's used to being in court, no worries. The court reporter would just ask me to slow down if I was talking too fast, and my attorney told me to stand when the judge stands, etc. It was actually OK.
Oh my goodness! I'm trying to imagine that scene. That's some serious road rage.
You are a brave person, Lizam1. I'm glad the thief got caught and that you all turned out OK afterwards.
Wow, that's really scary! I agree with MarleneB: you're a brave person! I'm also glad the thief was caught (and that you didn't have to appear in court even!).
Me either. I was talking to someone today who said her neighbor received a subpoena. I hope I never discover first-hand what that feels like.
A subpoena is just a hand-delivered (by sheriff or private company) letter stating you have to be there or you could be arrested in contempt of court.
Nervous and apprehensive, since it is something we've never done and nothing reliable to reference what to expect.
Wow! Summoned again? Aren't there enough people in your area that they can find someone else to summon and not just you all the time? I'm kidding, of course, but I wonder why some people more than others get picked.
If you are registered to Vote they will find you
Indeed, serving on a jury is our right and duty as American citizens, and it is an important one because you get to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. If you are the plaintiff or defendant in a case, you hope for an honest, attentive jury.
tenderLaine, it is a civic duty and that's why we do it. And, I guess it is a privilege because not everyone gets to do it.
It is a loss of time and a huge inconvenience on the part of the juror or witness, but it is very important to the persons involved with the trial, both plaintiff and defendant, so please don't think of it as horrible if you're ever called to serve.
It is a necessary process, and naturally, upon being called we must serve. But, that doesn't relieve the fact that it is time consuming. We don't have to like it, but we do have to be there. I just know I wouldn't enjoy it.
Oh, knock on wood. Now that you said that, you will probably get a subpoena tomorrow. I hope not.
I hope that when I'm 70, I can say the same, living a happy subpoena-free life.
I read your story. What a life-changing moment that was. I'm glad it had a happy ending.