Life is wonder full, full of things to wonder about that is, and today I am wondering about the judicial system. I have just spent three days serving on a jury, which for the most part was an interesting and pleasant time. I’ve never before had the experience of coming into a room where everyone stood until I sat down (felt very unusual) and I got to eat a restaurant lunch downtown three days in a row (also felt unusual).
This trial ended after two and a half days of laborious testimony with the judge coming down today, after our lunch break, and dismissing us. Evidently both parties had decided to back up to a previous point where the judge alone could make a decision and he did just that and settled the matter. It was not the decision I would have made, but of course I do not know much about the intricacies of legal proceedings. I cannot figure out why both parties agreed to settle the matter this way and there is a lingering sense of injustice that I just can’t shake.
This is the fourth time I have been closely connected to a matter settled in a courtroom or through legal representation. I’ve felt this sense of injustice every time even though I am grateful for our judicial system – grateful we aren’t out settling our differences at gunpoint in an alley somewhere. These experiences leave me with a disturbing distrust. Ever felt that? Have we created a system that has become so complicated that a clever (or powerful, or influential, or rich) person can find a way to do things that shouldn’t be done and make them seem absolutely legal?
I’m thinking maybe, yes.
I don’t know.
I think I will actively try to avoid depending upon a lawyer, suing anyone, or being in a courtroom for any reason, anytime in the future. I’m just saying that a lingering sense of injustice can really lower a person’s expectations. Hopefully I won’t get sued for saying all this….
Does anyone have a different story that can cheer me up? I would love to hear it.