Originally Published: December 5, 2007 7:34 p.m.
Frequently we hear people complain about jury duty. Negative experiences I had in Santa Barbara, Calif., colored my opinion about serving. On one occasion, we jurors waited for the bailiff to call us, seated outside the courthouse on the cold, damp steps.
Here in Prescott my experience was completely different. On arrival to the Assembly Room, Mary Slaughter, the assistant jury commissioner, had a travel video on the TV. She helped with sign-ins and was courteous and patient with latecomers. Mary carefully presented the procedural process and updated us on delays. Recent magazines were available along with vending machines containing drinks and snacks.
In the courtroom Judge Mackey treated prospective jurors with respect, consideration and kindness. He made eye contact during questions and thanked those he dismissed for their service.
I encourage those who are called to serve to welcome the opportunity to be part of the judicial process.