I’m very proud of myself today because I did my bit for justice in the world. No, I didn’t march in a protest or get signatures for an important issue. I didn’t call my congressperson or vote or even voice an opinion, for that matter. All the same, I did my part, and I’m going to take a victory lap here.
How did I do my part, I hear you asking, internet person. Well, internet, I testified in a lawsuit. That’s right. I put on my best suit, I bought a new tie, I combed my hair for once, and I testified. I didn’t actually testify in court. It was just in a lawyer’s office, and there wasn’t a judge there to urge me on or a hardened criminal to stare me down, just a lawyer and a table and a couple cups of coffee. They did record my testimony though, so I think it counts, even if it wasn’t quite how they do it in the movies.
I was called upon to do my duty because I witnessed an accident a few months ago, and there’s a lawsuit going forth with one party suing the other party. I don’t know any of the people or the actual circumstances, but they needed me to testify for the record.
I don’t know if I was much help to anyone, I hope I helped the victim at least. I told them I wasn’t even sure what exactly I had seen. I was behind the crash, and I saw an SUV swerve and crash into the car in front of it, but I don’t really know if the SUV caused the crash or something the car ahead did cause it. They didn’t press me too hard on that point, though, they just wanted me to tell what I saw.
I drove by the crash slowly afterward, and I saw the two vehicles were totaled. Otherwise, all I remember is it was misty but not yet raining, so the road was a little wet but not too wet.
They seemed satisfied afterward.
Regardless, they were actually satisfied or not, it did feel good to do something so important. They were quite nice and straightforward in the office, and it went quickly. The coffee was good too.
So, now I have officially done my civic duty for the day, which I think ought to put me in good stead with the civic authorities (or whoever is keeping count) for the foreseeable future.
I hope this doesn’t mean I get more jury duty notices. That’s maybe a little too much participation in the justice system for me.