I was summoned for jury duty at the Federal District Court in Los Angeles for two weeks of service commencing on March 22nd. As directed I called the court hotline on the 21st and found I was off the hook for that week. Calling again on the 28th I was told to report to the jury room at 7:45 the following morning.
So I left home at 5:00 a.m. and zoomed to the court parking lot in downtown Los Angeles arriving at 6:30, perfect. It was a nice 1/2 mile walk in the awakening city to my favorite breakfast spot in that area, Phillipe’s (upper left photo, 7:05 on the clock therein) to eat and read all the interesting history on the walls about steam trains and other fascinating topics. Afterward it was back to the car to grab some stuff I wanted to have with me then over to the courthouse (left building in the upper right photo — that’s me in the third floor window).
By 11:30 half of us had found out that “our trial” had been continued but that we needed to stay until the jury selection process completed for the other half. So back to the car to switch into more comfortable clothes and back to Phillipe’s for a lamb sandwich, baked apple, and glass of lemonade. After lunch it was a great walk through Chinatown (very nice banner above), Olivera Street, the beautiful Union Station (image 4), and the Pueblo de Los Angeles before the return to the courthouse where at 1:20 p.m. we were told that the other jury had completed selection and our jury service was finished, finis. By then I was feeling pretty tired so I hopped in the Volvo and bee lined for home, arriving just eight hours after I’d left.
For verification, reimbursement, and/or credibility here is my juror badge.