I arrived home today to find a little something unexpected in my mailbox:


Mail from the Ministry of Justice?


Apparently, I’ve been summoned for jury duty at the end of September!

It’s a funny coincidence as just the other day I was talking with a friend about jury duty and how I’d never been summoned before. Clearly, I’ve jinxed myself1.

Given that I’m just about to start a new job, it’s not really the best timing for such a thing2,3. I tried to log on to the online jury summons response site, where apparently I will be able to select the “excuse tab” and see if I satisfy any of the “excuses” that will allow me to be exempt, but the site doesn’t work on Google Chrome or Safari, which are the only two browsers I have on my computer at home. So I guess I’ll check that out from my work computer tomorrow.

In the meantime, have any of you been called for jury duty? What was it like?

  1. Even though there’s totally no such thing as jinxes. []
  2. On the plus side if I do get selected, however, is that the commute would be awesome. I can pretty much jump off my balcony and land on the courthouse, it’s so close! []
  3. Unless it had been the Bertuzzi/Moore case. Because that would totally be an interesting one to see. But that was recently settled out of court, so I know it can’t be that. []

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  • Different country, of course, but I had jury duty last year, and I really enjoyed it! I tend to think about what I would do if I were unjustly accused of a crime, how upset I would be if the only people on my jury were those too stupid to come up with an excuse.


  • Funny coincidence but I received a similar letter last week and am scheduled to appear for jury selection at the end of September… but at the Vancouver courthouse.


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  • I was summoned last year and it was going to be a for pretty long trial (estimated 5-8 weeks!). I was exempt because I was breastfeeding.


  • @Courtney – That’s a good point! I’ve never thought of it that way!

    @Linda – Did it say how long they expect the trail to be? Mine is estimated at 10 days.

    @Heather – Wish I could give you mine as a present! I do think it would be very interesting – and Courtney makes a really good point about one’s responsibility to serve, but it’s just bad timing, as I’ll only be a month into my new job!


  • I had 2 trials listed – one for 5-30 days and one for 35 days. I applied to be excused as we had a vacation already booked for part of the trial time. I received confirmation that I was excused yesterday. I’m assuming I’ll get summoned for a different trial at a later date. I think it would be really interesting… but 35 days (I.e 7 weeks since those are work days) is a long time to be gone from work; both of my bosses were freaking out.


  • I also agree with Courtney that civic duty is important; plus if it were me I’d want high quality jurors.


  • hey, I was called for one in my area where a guy beat his girlfriends 4 year old kid. none of the bankers or teachers were selected….
    bankers have too many rules ….
    its your duty to be fair …….. hang the bastard works for me….
    good luck with yours


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