Yesterday, instead of going to work, I headed down to the Kennewick Justice Center to take my turn at Jury duty. It was about the easiest time meeting that obligation that you could possibly have.
I showed up at 8, and by about 8:15 they had all of the potential Jury Members seated in a big room, waiting. At 8:30, one of the clerks came in and called out 15 names to head down to the district court rooms, where we were put in another waiting room, and told that at about 9 we would be brought into the court to start Jury Selection, so...take this chance to use the rest room and get something to drink.
At about 8:55, the judge came into the room and said that the lawyers worked out a deal, no trial was going to be needed, and thanks for coming in and fulfilling our obligation.
Sweet. I wouldn't have minded sitting on a trial, if it was only a day or two. Let's face it...no one wants to end up on multi-week/month trial, but...it's nice to have a little refresher of how the legal system actually works.
Still, I'm happier with my deal than the folks who had to sit there until 10, before being told they could go home, but please call back Wednesday for an update on when they had to physically come back in.