Jury Duty

A few weeks ago, I was summoned for jury duty. I showed up yesterday at the appointed hour, a bit annoyed that I had to take time away from my business to fulfill this obligation.   I can honestly say that I showed up expecting things to be slow, inefficient, inconvenient and overly structured and bureaucratic. I was praying that I would not be selected for an actual jury.

Here are some snippets from my own Know Thyself Guide® that might have predicted my initial frame of mind:

You tend to be demotivated if you are required to interact with larger groups for long periods of time. I was to be in a jury room with 183 other people I did not know for a whole day. No wonder I took 3 books to read.

You can become pressured if required to adhere to structured procedures. I asked if I could go get a cup of coffee and was told, “No.”

But the day was a very pleasant surprise.   The jury manager did a great job orienting us to the overall process and what was going to happen. A superior court judge talked to us about the history of our current jury process and how unique it was in the world. We were well-educated on the jury selection process and criteria and advised not to take anything personally in the process.

I was part of the first panel of potential jury members. We all proceeded to the courtroom where the judge in the case again did a great job of explaining all that was happening and why. He informed us that he was quite sure that the case would take no more than 2 days. I got very intrigued and actually hoped I would be selected for this jury.

I was the first jury member selected for consideration. . . AND I was the first jury member “excused” without explanation.   Now, remember I had been educated on the process and warned not to take it personally, but I still felt a little let down and wondered, what is wrong with me.

My Know Thyself Guide® could have predicted this as well: You may become overly sensitive to real or imagined criticism.

In the end I was not selected for any jury and returned to work mid-afternoon. I only read 10 pages in my first book. But the day was a good one for me. I did feel proud that I played my role in a unique system of justice. You are something of an idealist. You think in terms of general benefit. . . But more importantly, the day was very informative to me and fed into one of my interests: You have a significant level of interest in the theory underlying the way things work.

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