So I got called to report for jury duty today. I showed up and got my badge and did a fair amount of sitting around, until about 20 of us got taken down to the courtroom and the judge himself explained to us that there is a one month trial coming up, and anyone that felt they might be able to do this should raise their hand. I raised my hand. I return next week for jury selection, and at that point there will be about 50 people in the “pool” from which the jury is to be selected.
Here’s the kicker: I’m self employed, so no work = no pay.
BUT, I’m not destitute if I don’t work for a month. I have savings. I don’t have kids or other equally major responsibility. The courthouse isn’t far from where I live. It’s my civic duty (?) And it sounds like it could be a fascinating experience.
This is my first ever time even being called for jury service. So maybe I have stars in my eyes and am not thinking clearly about the financial sacrifice. Or the fact that the freelance income I do have coming in could be dried up if my contractor decides they could live without my help forever if they can live without it for a month.
Should I have not raised my hand? Is there something I’m not considering? What’s your humble opinion?