Jury Summons, Alameda County, California

I have been summoned to… jury. Be on a jury? To jury duty…?

I’ve received a jury summons.


Anyhow, starting on Jan 21, I will begin checking the website at Jury Duty Reporting | Superior Court of California | County of Alameda for my group number, to see if I need to report. I continue checking for a week, daily.

Check that out, “ZOOM HELP”. Huh, using Zoom for jury duty… not sure how I feel about that.

That button goes to a PDF: Juror Help-Ejuror ZOOM.pdf (221.8 KB)

Unfortunately, eJuror doesn’t allow me further in to see how the Zoom check-in works. I was fine reporting for jury duty, it’s the closest thing I find to a “civil honor”. But I don’t like the idea of using Zoom as part of the process. I find it shameful civic institutions are unable to provide their own solutions, especially something as large and powerful as the Superior Court of California.

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task add +remind check jury summons wait:2022-01-21
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My group is 1082, so in that range and off the hook until…

task 220 mod wait:2022-01-24

Since I’m not getting any educational action on the jury summons front, let’s learn something about tasks tracking with taskwarrior. Here is what my task currently looks like:

maiki@deck:~$ task 220

Name          Value                               
ID            220                                 
Description   check jury summons                  
Status        Waiting                             
Entered       2022-01-05 13:27:09 (2w)
Waiting until 2022-01-24 00:00:00                 
Start         2022-01-22 17:37:23
Last modified 2022-01-22 17:42:09 (23s)           
Tags          remind
UUID          5559d6a5-6dba-40e5-9fa2-50d1f543bcba
Urgency       1.893                               

    active       1 *    4 =      4
    waiting      1 *   -3 =     -3
    tags       0.8 *    1 =    0.8
    age      0.047 *    2 =  0.093

Date                Modification                               
2022-01-22 17:37:23 Start set to '2022-01-22 17:37:23'.        
2022-01-22 17:42:09 Wait set to '2022-01-24 00:00:00'.
                    Status changed from 'pending' to 'waiting'.

This will show up on my list starting on Monday, as well as having a full log of each time I marked it to wait until the next day. Next week the command will be task 2** mod wait:tomorrow. I find typing “tomorrow” easier than a standard date such as “2022-01-23”. :slight_smile:

Wednesday, no summons.

Maybe they are mana-screwed?

Here we are at the end of the week, it’s now or never! What will happen?!

You are released from Jury Service at this time.Your service is deemed complete for 12 months.

Whoa! “Released”? “Deemed”?! Someone’s having fun with the official jury notice copy!

Too bad it’s kinda undercut by be rendered in a tiny box in bright blue text. :person_shrugging:

So I guess…

  • maiki: 1
  • Alameda County: 0

:sunglasses: :upside_down_face: :crazy_face:

I noticed there is a missing space between the sentences, and then I looked at the source…

<p style="margin: 0in; text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: small; background-color: transparent;">You are released from Jury Service at this time.</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #0000ff; font-size: small;">Your service is deemed complete for 12 months.</span></p>

Now mind you, this is all inside a <td> as part of the <table>… wild. That seems like an older system. Wonder how it works. :slight_smile: