June 1st, I drove down to Savannah’s Chatham County Courthouse for Jury Duty. I received my summons a month or so back and I was on call for this week. The plus was Monday was a Holiday (Memorial Day) so I was only eligible for 4 days. Each evening, you are required to call in to hear a recording of the numbers called for the next day. Monday the called 1-183 in for Tuesday and I had #192. It was obvious to me that I would be reporting on Wednesday. (Confirmed by the call that night).
Upon reporting, they put us in a room where we waited. They took a small batch early and the rest of us had to wait until after 10:00 before being ushered into a courtroom for a criminal case (DUI). I ended up being selected for the jury on this case, expected to be completed in one day. I sat through the testimony of 2 witnesses and also watched a dash cam video from the arresting officer.
Before closing arguments, the judge called for a recess and upon returning he had ruled a mistrial as a result of the behavior of the attorneys for both sides. Racial tones and other badgering by the DA was called in to play.
It was an interesting day and I do not regret serving…..