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My Civic Duty

Vickie called me at work today to let me know that the Queensland Government had sent me a letter in the mail: It looks as though my name's been drawn out of the hat to serve jury duty sometime in the next few months.

Vickie asked whether work would continue to pay me while I was on jury duty; if they didn't we would have serious financial difficulties and would likely need to claim ineligibility. But I checked with payroll, and they said they'd continue to pay me as long as they received my juror's payment ($30/day).

One of the first things I was asked by my supervisor when I told her was, "Do you want a letter?" I said no. I figure if I ever (God forbid) wind up in front of a jury, I'd prefer the jurors were there because they believe in their duty to our system of law, not because they couldn't get a decent excuse or because (and this might be snobbish of me) $30/day was better than what they'd get otherwise. How can I ask that of someone else if I'm not willing to do it myself?

Beyond that nothing goes beyond the courtroom, I have no idea what the legalities of the situation are, so I may well be limited to posting "Yeah, I went today." And I mightn't even do that; even if the case is minor, I'd prefer no one decided a good way to serve themselves would be to threaten either of us.

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That happened to me...
Within 2 months of moving to Canberra, I had a notice.
Took it to da boss, and he blinked at me, and said that he's been living here for 12 years, and never got called up.

Jury duty's not that bad. I don't know how Queensland works, but here they have a whole bunch of people line up and they draw names out of a hat. The first 6 or 12 people that don't have legit reasons for not attending get the job.

Depending on the case, you can be there for a few days or a fortnight at the most.

It doesn't hurt. Honest. ;)


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