Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Order in the Court

My September just got a little more interesting.  A letter came in our mailbox last week. It said, in part:
"Your name has been randomly drawn, and you are being summoned for jury duty service in the U.S. District Court. Trial by jury is a keystone of our system of justice. Jury service is, therefore, both an opportunity and an obligation for every American. ... Failure to obey this summons may be punishable by fine and/or imprisonment."
I had filled out a juror survey back in May 2011, but this is the first I'd heard of it since. 

Well, since I wouldn't want anyone to have to show up to prosecute me, I filled out my online response before my five-day deadline.

Each Monday night, starting August 31 and continuing through September, I'll have to make a phone call to see whether I need to show up at the courthouse in Wichita the following week. Randy teases me that I'll have to hear a murder case. His mom was on a murder jury in Reno County when he was a kid. I love mysteries, but a murder trial? I don't know about that.
Since I had no idea what kinds of cases U.S. District Courts hear, I Googled it. (If you can fill out a jury form online, I guess you can find out what it's about online, too!)

Here's what I found on

U.S. District Courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction for the federal government, and hear both criminal and civil cases. Some of the classes of cases heard in District Court include:
  • Criminal cases involving violation of federal laws (e.g., kidnapping, bank robbery, drug trafficking, etc.)
  • Civil cases involving torts under federal law, the Constitution or US treaties
  • Civil cases between parties of different states for amounts in excess of $75,000 (diversity jurisdiction)
  • Civil actions brought by or against the United States (with some exceptions)
  • Maritime cases under federal jurisdiction
  • Cases involving ambassadors or foreign dignitaries
  • Appeals of certain federal agency decisions (e.g., Social Security Appeals Council decisions)
We'll see if my September gets rearranged with trips to Wichita. 

Still no internet at home. The frustration continues!!


  1. Kim,
    Good Luck with Jury duty. I just got done reading Sycamore Row by John Grisham. He is such a talented writer.

    Hope you get your internet back soon!

    1. I finally got someone to call me back. He is coming August 12. IF he is able to fix it that day, I'll have internet back after 2 WEEKS! Yes, I like Grisham books, too.

  2. That’s a cool way to reply to the letter. I have no idea jury duty was so advanced. I remember getting the letter in the mail years ago and having to sit on standby in the court for a week without ever getting on the jury. I think I made $30 for the week, so I think things have improved.

    Eliseo Weinstein @ JR's Bail Bonds