She arrived before 7:30 AM and sailed through the metal detectors. She cooled her heels for two-and-a-half hours in the jury lounge and observed some local folks who AREN'T member of the "brain trust" (many of whom couldn't read and comprehend even the most basic of instructions: "Pick up a pencil and a plastic badge ... and have a seat" was too confusing).
At 10:00 AM, the clerk called EVERYONE'S name and sent the whole lot up to Department 15 where all of the prospective jurors were instructed to "mill around" for a half hour before being seated by the baliff. The judge swept in and told everyone in the courtroom that the defendant had copped a plea ... and everyone was dismissed to go home.
Yay! Mom is back an' jury duty is over 'til the next time.
Further info: Mom has had jury duty about seven times. She NEVER gets a case 'cuz she always knows someone who is involved with the case: Arresting officer, lawyer, witness, defendant. She's worked in the Chula Vista area for twenty-two years an' for those of you who know the area, Chula Vista is very enmeshed. It seems that you're always crossing paths with someone you know from somewhere.
Typically, Mom has to report to the courthouse and then sits about all day until getting dismissed. Last time, she got through part of the voir dire process before asking to speak to the judge in chambers because she knew the defendant (he was the dad of one of her honor society students) and the case was an EEEWWWWW-type of case. She was "dismissed for cause" ...
It's likely that she'll get called again in a year 'cuz California is a one day/one case state and you can be called every year.
Mom always tries to get her duty post-poned until a vacation 'cuz it's really hard to get a substitute.