I don’t know what jury duty is like in downtown L.A., but it isn’t half bad in Santa Monica. I was a little grumpy at being pulled in from “up to twenty miles away”, but it turned out to be a fairly pleasant day. The courthouse had a huge jury assembly room with TV and reading rooms. There were cubicles for laptops and free wi-fi, where I happily set up camp for the day. There’s the Promenade and beach to kill that 90 minute lunch break at in one direction, and Main Street in the other. And on one wall, there’s photos of famous people who have served as jurors, which included Weird Al, Harrison Ford and, ironically enough, Judge Ito.
I had jury duty last Monday, and had a really positive experience of it. Under the “one day or one trial” system, I only had to go in that one day. I never made it to a jury panel, and ended up just hanging out until 4pm, working remotely or surfing the Web. I was actually disappointed that I didn’t get to serve though, since I was kind of looking forward to actually learning about the civil dispute system in reality (instead of, say, on the many many episodes of L.A. Law I watched as a teenager.) Maybe next time, I’ll get picked – so long as it isn’t the sort of week at work that it’s been for, oh, about two months running.
Anyone else done jury duty at Santa Monica and not had a good experience? Or has anyone been able to compare the experience at different courts? Is it different downtown that it is on the Westside?