“Be Simon Cowell for a Day!” and Other Catchy New Court System Slogans . . .
I am looking forward to jury service in January and, thus, was not surprised that commenters on my last post expressed a similar level of interest/excitement/desire with respect to jury service.
Clearly, part of my positive feelings about serving has to do with my good fortune at having a job that allows me the freedom to take off a day or two without serious consequences. Many people do not have this luxury and the lowly compensation offered by the court system is simply not enough to make up for missed days of work.
That said, I’m still surprised at the lengths people go to get out of jury service and my sense of general negative sentiments related to serving.
The reason for my wonderment is that Americans seem to love “jury panels” and judging. American Idol. Top Chef. Survivor. America’s Next Top Model. So You Think You Can Dance.
How can we be so willing to spend hours each night watching “reality” panels condemn or reward people and texting in our “votes” and so unwilling to participate in real-life panels?
You might think it was the subject matter, but we love legal dramas. Law and Order. Judge Judy. The Practice. I could go on . . .
Maybe court systems around the country should spend less time lecturing people about how jury service is a duty owed by each citizen and more time emphasizing that jury service can actually be interesting and enjoyable.