Boy, did Mike Hendricks’ article on the Jackson County jury system strike a nerve (1/12, Local, “Crime does not pay — nor does jury duty”). This is a wasteful and poorly managed system.
Potential jurists must take off work and pay their own parking, travel and meal expenses to “serve.” The jurists are herded in a room of 200 or more and made to wait, and wait and wait. There may not be any selected from the pool, or at best, only a few. And try to reschedule for a time that could work for you and your employer? Forget it. There is not much compassion in that room in the court house.
As far as the $6 compensation for the day and 7 cents a mile, why bother? What are the attorneys making being paid to be there?
I hope Jon Nixon has success with his petition (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). The system needs a total overhaul. There must be a better way. Some government someplace in the world has figured it out. All we have to do is find it and copy it.