That Jury Commissioner Must Be Kidding
Unfortunately, The jury commissioner means business. The summons I have received has turned my life upside down. I live in San Luis Obispo County on the north end. I have been summoned to indicate my availability to serve a four-week term in Los Angeles. Los Angeles is over 200 miles away from me. Oh, they will pay $214.00 a day for lodging and meals, but I would have to serve four days a week if picked and then go back home each weekend before coming back the next week. Of course, traffic will be at its worse when I would be coming and going. Were I even ten years younger I might consider this as an all-expense-paid opportunity to spend some time seeing the city in the little spare time I have, but now I'm an old woman afraid to drive in that traffic and stay alone in a downtown hotel for that long, away from my doctors and insurance plan.
I know I can get a postponement because they've called me for November 4, and I'm having cataract surgery on October 28 and November 11. But getting a postponement means telling them when I will be available and I have no idea – especially with possible knee surgery ahead. Unfortunately, I have to fill out an online questionnaire with only a few characters to explain why they should postpone or excuse me. There's only one such space and three possible questions I need it for. But that's not important, anyway now, since I clicked a link for details on getting excused or postponed and they dumped everything I'd filled in. Had to log in again, except the button to go on to the next page wasn't showing and you can't use back buttons. Then I got the message that I had tried unsuccessfully to log in too many times and to contact them. People only answer the phone during limited hours. I called during those hours but no one answered. I emailed the only address they gave me, but I have to wait and see if they got it. I didn't even get an auto-response.
I really don't need this worry right now with so many doctor appointments and posts to do ahead. I have little enough time to get ready as things are, to be chasing bureaucrats who send almost impossible forms. You can't request both a postponement and to be excused. I need to be excused, but if I apply for that and don't get it, I don't think I can then apply for a postponement. It's vicious circle. There ought to be an age limit for calling jurors from such a distance.
What do you think?
Image Credit » B. Radisavljevic -- my own photo