How I learned to love jury duty

Don't fear the summons!

A jury duty envelope with hearts.
(Image credit: PhiveT / Alamy Stock Photo)

It's a small piece of paper, usually no bigger than a postcard and easily lost between the bills and advertisements that crowd a mailbox, but it manages to instill fear in many of its recipients: the jury summons.

Some people instantly start thinking up things to say that would guarantee they'd get the boot. "Everyone is guilty until proven innocent!" "I've never met a police officer I trust!" "I'm a racist who enjoys drunk driving and committing hit-and-runs in my spare time!" Others are resigned to the fact that jury duty is just part of life for most U.S. citizens, age 18 or over.

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE
https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/flexiimages/jacafc5zvs1692883516.jpg

Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up
To continue reading this article...
Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month.
Get unlimited website access, exclusive newsletters plus much more.
Cancel or pause at any time.
Already a subscriber to The Week?
Not sure which email you used for your subscription? Contact us