It finally happened. I have been summoned to provide my civil duty and serve on a jury in the Denver suburb of Commerce City. Can you believe it. This Reunion Realtor has never had to take time off work to actually go into the Commerce City Courthouse for jury duty.
Now mind you, I have gotten the dreaded “J” letter (as my wife calls it) in the mail notifying me of my potential obligation to serve on a jury on several occasions both from Adams County and Commerce City. I was always released at the “Call-in the night before” stage so I never needed to show up at the courthouse. Today is different as I am sitting in the actual court room for the first time waiting for the final jury selection process.
It is just like in the movies with wood paneled walls, the big bench up front for the judge, the actual jury box, desks for the plaintiff and the defense, and numerous seats for visitors. I can definitely tell who the attorney is as he is decked out in his well-tailored suit. The defense is representing himself so he is not as polished.
There are about 30 people waiting for final selection in this Commerce City monument to justice including males, females, young and old. The system doesn’t play favorites. However, not one of them has a smile on their face. I guess this is not what people want to do on their free time.
So, what does this have to do with Real Estate in the Reunion area? I’m just a Denver Realtor sitting here with time to ponder that this courthouse actually has an awesome view of the entire Front Range. The sky is clear and blue from all the rain and the view of the mountains is amazing. This just helps me appreciate where we live. Commerce City and my subdivision of Reunion are really beautiful places to live. Even realizing the hassle of doing my duty, it is still part of our judicial system and a part of what making our streets safe. It is also a part of what makes this country so great. I guess my sense of citizenship is heightened.
The court house in Commerce City is a part of the new Civic Center building. I had never been in here before but it is beautiful building when I have passed by. It is a testimonial that Commerce City is definitely growing from all the development and keeping up with the times. I must say that the Judge was one of the most pleasant people I have ever heard. He is very articulate and pleasant to listen to as he took the extra time to explain the whole process.
So how did it all turn out? Well, the process is that they need a total of six people for the actual jury. They choose 12 to interview and then narrowed it down to the final six. I was juror pick number nine. I went thru the interview process, but was released before the final six. I was able to leave after about two hours. Even though it was a hassle, I am glad I had the chance to experience a part of the process. Glad to know the judicial system is working well in Commerce City. Even though it is an inconvenience, it is still a moment to reflect on how much I love living here in Commerce City, in Reunion and in this great country.