I've been doing jury duty this month and so far I've been called in three times, sat for 20 minutes each time, and then was told to go home for the day as they would not need any jurors. It's pretty frustrating because I've had trouble keeping appointments and meetings all month as the jury instructions were to keep your entire month clear if you could, so I was expecting action. Also, I'd really like to do this, but I wish it was all more efficient: less people (50-60 people show up each morning when only 10-20 are needed), shorter time frame (1 week of daily actual jury stuff vs. 1 month of on/off stuff), and higher chance of actually serving on a jury.
Towards that strive to efficiency, I noticed my county recently started doing some of the jury stuff online, including filling out your availability in the summons and my favorite feature: getting your nightly jury reporting information online instead of having to call a number and listen to a 1 minute long recorded message. The website option is great because it takes two seconds to figure out if you need to report at the courthouse the next morning, but the URL is hard to find on the county site and whenever I google search common phrases, I'm dropped a couple levels above it and have to search and hunt for the jury info page.
So I bought http://yamhillcountyjuryduty.com/ and I'm redirecting to the specific, exact page on the county courts website that you need to check nightly to figure out if you have to report for jury duty the next morning. I don't know if it'll help anyone beyond me, but it's nice to have shortcuts.
Wow, you have to put up with that for a whole month? And I thought it was pretty broken in San Francisco.
Talked to the county’s IT department about the website issue? You could stress your bona fides. Might loosen the usual sclerotic nature of municipal IT.
Your awesomeness never ceases to amaze me
Our county is “One Day or One Trial.” A much more humane way of working IMO.
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