I received a jury summons back in March to appear on April 1st. When everything with COVID started happening, the last place I wanted to be was a crowded courthouse with how-many-other people serving on jury duty, and it was also during our homeschool year, so I asked for a postponement. I was originally told it would be July 7th and I’d get another summons 30 days before that, but it never came. I emailed the jury commission on July 6th (when I also found out that juries hadn’t been meeting since March 18th) and they said I had fulfilled my duty for the rest of 2020. Whew! What a relief! Until I got another summons a month later for August 12th, the day before my son’s birthday.
At this point, our county is only doing jury trials once per week and when I checked the August 5th group, none of them were asked to appear so I had high hopes the same would be true for my group. I had no such luck and on Wednesday, I showed up at the courthouse with 34 other people for the first jury trial my county has had since March. I told my husband the night before that I would be selected – I’m about as boring as you can get so I’m probably prime jury material.
Jury selection included a very large room with numbered chairs (we had to sit in our assigned seat) spaced six feet apart. There were plastic bags over the water fountains and only two people were allowed in the bathroom at a time. At one point, because they didn’t have the system down just yet, we were carrying our chairs around the room so we didn’t sit in the wrong chair. Five minutes into selection, a man raised his hand and said that he just found out that a friend of his was being tested for COVID at that very moment. He’d have the results on Thursday. Our summons said not to come if we had been around someone suspected to have COVID, so this was an unpleasant surprise. After all of this, I was selected along with five other people to serve on the jury.
The judge said the case, which was a traffic violation, should only last a day so I thought maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if I was chosen. I was actually interested in the process and if the summons had come at any other time (for both birthday and COVID reasons), I would’ve been glad to serve (well….depending on the case).
The trial ended up lasting two days. It involved a lot of social distancing (we were spread out over the jury box so we weren’t sitting near each other), hand sanitizer, and all-day masks (they’re mandatory in all public places here in Colorado). I kept holding on to hope on Wednesday afternoon that we could finish, but there were three expert witnesses in this case which I guess takes time. It was very, very interesting to be part of the judicial process, but it was also very, very sad for me to not be part of my son’s 10th birthday. He did wake up early and opened presents before I left, which I was so thankful to be part of, but I was gone until 4:30.
I didn’t get a chance to collect any links this week but I’m attempting to catch up on everything today. If I owe you an email or a package, I’ll get to it soon!
From the blog…
Charlotte Mason Picture Study Aid: Titian I finished the Picture Study Aid for Titian who is scheduled for Term 1 of the AmblesideOnline artist study rotation! You can download it for free!
(2019) Charlotte Mason Homeschool Third Grade Plans: Term 1 Our plans from last summer for the first term of my son’s third grade year!
(2017) Mesa Verde and Aztec Ruins Junior Ranger Adventures Mesa Verde is truly one of the best national parks we have here in Colorado. If you happen to be near southwestern Colorado, I highly recommend it!
(2014) A Daughter Without a Mom is a Mom to a Daughter I grew up without a mom and didn’t meet my mother for the first time until I was 29. When I found out my second child was going to be a girl, there was cause for more than just a little anxiety on my part….but I was also very excited.
(2013) The World Through B’s Eyes: August 2013 B received a little camera for his second birthday and immediately began snapshotting the world. I’m so glad I recorded these views from when he was so tiny.
Have a lovely weekend!