Entering my 3rd day of jury duty at the Queens County Criminal Court in Kew Gardens tomorrow.
Day 1. Sat in overheated room watching The View (LL Cool J was on) and the Steve Harvey Show and reading 2 books from 8:15 am until 4 pm (except for the 1.5 hour lunch). Finally called as the last person in the fourth group- they led us over to the court building and then dismissed us for the day.
Day 2 (today). Reported at 10 am. Our group (called K-17) was whittled down by lunchtime to 12 people to fill an unspecified number of spots on a partially-filled jury. One man did not come back from lunch, maybe because he had the lobster club, but more likely couldn’t remember where he was. A rather confused gentleman. So it’s Ocean’s Eleven in there now.
The judge got through a bunch of explanations and interviewing almost half of us. The remainder will be interviewed by her tomorrow, then the four attorneys will have their turns with us. Tomorrow appears to be when we jump the shark and this sitcom takes a turn: we’re either on for what looks like a couple weeks or we go home & back to work, etc. Maybe.
Even though it’s a lot of boring sitting around, it’s also quite rigorous, which I didn’t expect. A lot of listening and trying to make sense of lawyer-speak: lots of subordinate clauses which have subordinate clauses… It’s a bit nerve-racking too & so by the end of today’s session I was pretty exhausted.
Well, time for a salad.