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Civic Duty (217.4)
It's been a long time since I was last called for Jury Duty, but the summons arrived in the mail the other day. I'm to report next Thursday afternoon for Town of Ithaca Court; the courthouse is actually in the City of Ithaca, as with most Town government buildings. Go figure.

I guess the Town courthouse is part of the Town office complex that's in the former downtown post office, judging by the address. Easy enough to find, and easy enough to find something to eat nearby before I report.

They make a point of telling you they won't reimburse for parking, which means unless you happen to live in walking distance -- unlikely if you're a Town of Ithaca resident -- you have to pay to serve on the jury, either by using public transportation or paying to park. The mailer doesn't specify whether they reimburse for meals or pay for service. I think the last time I served, on a county jury, there was a per diem of something like $10/day to cover lunch and parking. I can afford to pay for these if I have to, but especially with no more free-first-hour in the downtown lots, it'll be frustrating how fast $1/hour will mount.

Of course, I also have no idea how long this could take. I wouldn't think Town Court gets an awful lot of serious cases, but you never know. At least Cornell keeps paying me. No idea whether Thursday afternoon will be it, or I might find myself there for several days.
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queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: May 11th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooo good luck!
helianthas From: helianthas Date: May 11th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was dismissed right away when I went to jury duty in Ithaca, because I randomly knew the defendants!
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: May 11th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was dismissed pretty fast the one time I was called for county court, because I'd helped the DA investigate a case a few years earlier.
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: May 12th, 2011 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Hmmmm ...

Isn't it in the old county couthouse building ? I seem to remember that's where I had to go years ago when I had to waste my day there ... if so, you might want to brown-bag your lunch, they don't really give you enough time to actually go anywhere ... but they do give bathroom breaks. The old pews in the court room are extremely uncomfortable, btw.

mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: May 12th, 2011 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmmmm ...

I suspect it used to be, but they must've moved everything into the new Town Hall building when they bought it from the USPS.

They better give me at least enough time to go get a hot dog from Lou!
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: May 12th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmmmm ...

Which just goes to show how long it's been since I've spent any time downtown ... lol ... had no idea building/s had changed hands.

retrev From: retrev Date: May 12th, 2011 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been called twice but didn't have to report either time (they filled the jury before they got to my section of the list).
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: May 12th, 2011 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I suspect I've probably had one or two occasions where I've called in the day before for "final instructions" and been told I didn't have to show up.
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