20140803 The Worst Part About Jury Duty Is…

Keith I MyersKeith I Myers2014-08-03 19:38:39-0400 – Updated: 2014-08-03 19:38:39-0400The worst part about Jury Duty is…

You are scheduled to appear at 8:00AM, Monday, August 4. IMPORTANT: Cell phones are the ONLY electronic device permitted in the courthouse and you may only bring ONE. Weapons and other electronic devices, including: computers, ipods, radios, tape recorders, pagers, cameras and knives are NOT permitted in the courthouse. Please report to Room 5S27, the Jury Assembly Room, on the 5th floor of the Wilkie Ferguson Federal Courthouse located at 400 North Miami Avenue in Miami. You will need your summons and a photo ID with you when you report. Please refer to your juror information and map for designated parking locations and directions.

I live on electronic devices!!! I am one week into my 2 week term and am dying!!!Shared with: Public, Keith I Myers, Doug Truex, Hugh McVea+1’d by: Chris Pugrud, Daniel Mery, Chad Burton, Avery Miller, Peter Holden, Bryan FosterKeith I Myers – 2014-08-03 19:39:41-0400And I almost forgot… 8 AM!!! Hugh McVea – 2014-08-03 19:41:59-0400+Keith I Myers Oh dear that absolutely sucks. Keith I Myers – 2014-08-03 19:43:20-0400+Hugh McVea – Yup, 1 week left, so there is light at the end of the tunnel. Hugh McVea – 2014-08-03 19:45:21-0400+Keith I Myers yes indeed, and to be honest a week isn’t so bad, it will be over before you realise it. Keith I Myers – 2014-08-03 19:48:26-0400+Hugh McVea – Actually I got a summons for a Grand Jury a few months ago with a term that will last 3 MONTHS. I was able to submit a letter saying that 3 months was not possible due to work. They then sent me this a few months later for a more reasonable 2 week term. Hugh McVea – 2014-08-03 19:51:57-0400+Keith I Myers good grief how do they expect people to be available for three full months, that’s unacceptable. I remember my Great Aunt got a letter stating she had to attend Jury Duty, she was 98 years of age at the time, needless to say her GP was not remotely impressed, he made one phone call and that was the end of the matter. Keith I Myers – 2014-08-03 19:54:54-0400+Hugh McVea – The worst part is they compensate you between $25-$40 PER DAY for the 3 Month Term. I cannot live on that. Miami is a very expensive place to live. I make close to that per hour. Hugh McVea – 2014-08-03 19:57:20-0400+Keith I Myers utterly disgraceful, you should be compensated at the full rate of your salary. Keith I Myers – 2014-08-03 20:04:45-0400+Hugh McVea – Not to mention, re-reimbursed for Gas, parking, food and a therapist (for being without my gadgets)

Gas – The courthouse is actually 15 minutes further from my house then my office, This adds about $3.00 to my daily commute (including a toll)
Food – The cafe at the courthouse is EXPENSIVE. The cafe at my office is a lot less expensive
Parking – I hear they do re-reimburse this but it is more of a headache
Therapy – I will need to leave my things at home (Google Glass, Several Tablets, Laptops, etc). At least, if I had these, I could be productive while sitting in the waiting room doing nothing. 

At least, I can be very flexible at work as I get to work at my own pace on several projects that have no hard deadlines but this does set me back. Hugh McVea – 2014-08-03 20:18:38-0400+Keith I Myers at least you only have this week left, presumably Friday finishes it. Doug Truex – 2014-08-03 20:33:04-0400Only 2 weeks? Wow! I had 3 months of on-call Jury Duty from April 1st to June 30. That’s not a typo. 3 months. None of the days I got called in were covered by my employer since I am a contractor with no benefits. I lost more than $2000 of income after the measly $10 per day from the county for doing my civic duty.Keith I Myers – 2014-08-03 20:34:49-0400+Doug Truex – They wanted it to be a 3 month long Grand Jury but I managed to get out of thatDoug Truex – 2014-08-03 20:51:42-0400I wasn’t in Grand Jury. I was in Civic Jury. They call you up every week for a day or 2 for 1 to 3 cases that only last a day.Keith I Myers – 2014-08-03 20:52:41-0400+Doug Truex – Thats the boat I am in now (a 2 week term)

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