A march around a courthouse made my spouse wonder.
Yesterday, my spouse was called to jury duty, a civic duty required from time to time for those who live in the United States.
For the benefit of my readers who do not live in the United States, here's a brief explanation of what jury duty is like.
We use a jury system to try people accused of crimes. A jury of "their peers" decides guilt or innocence. Each week, a pool of people is called - juries are selected.
For my spouse (who ended up not having to serve-the case did not go to trial), he saw some of the experience through the eyes of someone else - his elderly mother, who has mobility problems. And, it made him wonder.
The jurors had to gather at the Broome County courthouse, in downtown Binghamton, New York. As part of their duty, they were marched a couple of blocks - and up a flight of outdoor steps. Then, after the case was disposed of, the same thing in reverse.
At least two of the group were using canes for mobility. No ramps or other help for disabled was evident. The people using canes had to walk, and use those steps. There are a lot of elderly in our area.
Normally, at this time of year, there might have been snow on the ground, too. Fortunately, we are having mild weather.
Nevertheless, it made my spouse, and me, wonder. What happens to the citizens who can't take the march of the jurors?
What if my mother in law had been called? She needs a walker. She is prone to falls. We, and his brother/wife, are her caregivers. What would they have done with her if she had been called to jury duty?
Those days, for her, may be over. A woman of pride, would it bother her if she was not able to take the march of the jurors, and may have needed to be excused?
I hope we never have to find out.
Have you served on a jury? What was your experience?
Today is day 17 of NaBloPoMo.