I haven’t gotten stuck with jury duty in almost 30 years. Bingo bango, I suddenly got hit with a jury duty notice to be on standby for the one week this year that I’m going to be out of state on the first real vacation I was going to have in years. Haven’t had a real vacation that didn’t involve family obligations in several years, so it would really suck the wind right out of the clouds to have to cancel it (and lose my 50% upfront deposit) to be “on standby” for jury duty.
No, I didn’t cancel my vacation, and forfeit the 50% I paid upfront to the B&B. I took a wait and see approach, and filled out the jury duty form, checking off all the boxes that didn’t disqualify me, but requested a deferral. All I did was simply state that I was going to be out of state that week, but didn’t want to shirk my civic duty, and asked whether it could be rescheduled for another week. I stated nothing about being on vacation, and having to forfeit half the cost of it if they didn’t honor my request. The form states that “your request may be denied.”
I got lucky. The county granted my request to reschedule. So, my vacation will happen. But, in exchange, instead of being on standby for an entire week, I’ll end up getting assigned for one particular day, TBD by the powers that be who schedule these things. I’ve done jury duty before. It sucks, and involves a lot of waiting around. I think I’ll bring a Mary SanGiovanni book.
Knowing when you need to show up is better than having to call some number every night to find out whether your juror number is on the “get here tomorrow morning” list. Besides, if you’re on standby, you will end up having to go to the courthouse for jury duty one of those days, so knowing ahead of time which one is a good thing.