What most people dread, myself included. When I received the summons in February I... For want of a better word-crapped myself!
I was really really nervous but had no reason to get out of it so bite the bullet I must. There goes the saying sometimes in life you have to do things you don't like!
So the day finally came and I needed to be there for 9am. I had never been to that part of Birmingham city centre so wasn't quite sure where I was going. I ended up trying to use maps on my phone but got confused and ended up outside the wrong courts! I was ok though as I found another lost companion and someone showed us the way and got there right on time - phew! Strange for me as I'm usually half an hour early when I go anywhere!
Anyway I spent the rest of the day waiting in a stuffy room no bigger than a shed (exaggerated) totally anxious about everything and went home feeling really poorly. The next day I got picked to be on a jury. I won't go into details about anything else in the court room for obvious reasons but it is exactly how you imagine wigs and all! and swearing on an oath is pretty nerve-wracking too!
What I found out of the experience of going on jury service is the thoughts and feelings of the people you deliberate with. I thought everyone would think the same but it's amazing how 12 people can interpret exactly the same information and have their own thoughts and feelings which can differ to your own somewhat.
I'm also glad I did it at this age. My 18 year old self would have thought so much differently, one being don't judge a book by its cover, or do...up to you!
Looking back I'm now really glad I did it, it can teach you a lot which can only be a good thing. It can make you look at life in a completely new way and make you grateful for the life you lead no matter how mundane it can seem at times.
If I could give you any piece of advice if any of you do get called up and you get nervous well don't! There's hours upon hours of waiting around and it's really interesting once you get a trial.
I didn't get anything nasty either so I couldn't comment on my feelings if I had!
So if you do get called up in your life..just embrace it. It's a life lesson indeed!