How To: Enjoying Your Time at Jury Duty

How To: Enjoying Your Time at Jury Duty

Abby Stone
May 30, 2008
There's a surfeit of magazines, if you forget to bring your own, laid out on these interesting combination chairs/end tables
One day, you are going along nicely in your life, minding your own beeswax, keeping to yourself, obeying the speed limit, and then, suddenly, BAM! without warning, it arrives in your mailbox. A Jury Duty Summons. Here are some ideas on how to get through it graciously and, even, imagine that, enjoy it.
The building itself is beautiful with intricate tiles, terrazzo floors and marble walls
We were summoned to the Metropolitan Courthouse on Hill Street.
  • Use the underground parking structure at the south end of the building. Remember to show your summons so you can park for free. Otherwise you're going to have to cough up a nice chunk of change ($7).
  • Give yourself extra time because after parking, you're going to have to go up to the first floor, exit the building and go through security before you can go up to the Jury Room on the 8th Floor. As a potential juror, you can use the entrance reserved for jurors, attorneys and members of the court. This is one of the perks so take advantage of one of the few times in your life that you may be "on the list."
    I am coveting this bench
  • Bring plenty of reading material. There will be a lot of waiting around. Also you can bring and use your laptop, even surf the net, if you have a wireless connection. We didn't know that or we would've brought ours but we did use the time to catch up on our backlog of magazines.
  • Bring lunch or figure out where to eat beforehand. This section of downtown's a wasteland of fast food joints. Langer's, however, Los Angeles's pastrami palace, is not that far a drive and they do give you an hour and a half for lunch. We've heard they'll deliver their famous sandwich to your car if you call ahead of time to place your order. Koreatown is another option for lunch. MOCA's not too far if you want to cram in a little culture. Or try the Flower Mart or the Fabric District Our picks: Michael Levine's (either retail store or the loft upstairs), Home Fabrics, Carmel Fabrics. Or try Santee Alley if you've got a yearning to stock up on inexpensive t-shirts and earrings.
    The Chair Project at ICFF has nothing on the LA Mart
  • Make friends with your interior designer and ask them if they can arrange to get you in to the LA Mart. It's a great spot to check out, and drool over, what's new in accessories, furniture and gifts. At the very least, you can admire the giant chair in the parking lot.
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