After calling in for four evenings to find out the status of my jury service, I’ve been asked to report tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. My service was switched from my original reporting location at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Temple to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Hill, which apparently handles civil cases. So far, so good – I’ve taken everyone’s advice from the last post and I’m bringing things to keep me occupied. I was also told on the recording that I shouldn’t bring anything sharp, including knitting needles. So those of you who are expecting baby blankets and scarves from me as holiday gifts might be kept waiting a bit longer.
My only beef so far with the process is that the jury locations site has the courts listed by their names, not their locations, so if you don’t know the name of the courthouse (see non-location-specific names above), it might be hard to find. I got my notification to appear via cell phone while I was picking someone up at LAX, so I couldn’t write down the courthouse name – I just happened to remember the address, so I found it that way.
Also, after talking with a friend in the 909, I found out that they can check on their jury service online. As far as I can tell, you can’t do that in L.A. County. The phone system seems fine, but I wonder why we haven’t implemented an online system as well. Maybe I’m just an internet nerd, but I think having multiple ways to check whether you need to report would be great – and an online system would allow the potential juror the ability to print out the confirmation, so there wouldn’t be any question if they were told not to report, and they could provide printed confirmation to their employer if needed.
In any case, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next!