Irony, perhaps.

Back in November, I received a jury duty questionnaire. When I was fairly sure my lunch was going to stay down, I filled it out and sent it back. It's not like I had a choice.

Now I've received a "Summons to Juror Assignation".

Take notice that you are required to attend the sittings of the Superior Court of Justice to be held at the Court House [...] on the 18th day of April 2005 at 9:30am.

I'm much calmer now than I was in November but I imagine I'll be a wreck as the time gets closer. If my kids were older and if the courthouse wasn't located in an area that I never ever drive in, I'd find it less stressful. Maybe even interesting. But right now isn't a good time because Ice will still be out of town.

Included in the envelope was a piece of paper titled, "Some Commonly Asked Questions about Jury Duty".

Now I knew they didn't give a damn that I have young kids but I always thought jurors were paid $40 per day. Not true. Or, at least, not usually true.

...if you are required to attend for more than 10 days, you will begin to receive a daily fee starting on the 11th day, regardless of where you live. From days 11-49, the fee is $40/day and, in the rare occasions where you may be required to serve for 50 days or more, this increases to $100/day.

Pay for your own childcare, pay for your own parking, and, if you have a job, give up your paycheque for however long the trial lasts. Oh, unless you're receiving Employment Insurance benefits. Then you still get paid.

So, whatever. I have to do it but I don't have to like it.

Interestingly, in the same batch of mail, I received a letter from the "Domain Registry of Canada", claiming that I must renew my domain name immediately or lose it forever. Never mind that they aren't my registrar or that the domain they claim I need to renew isn't one I've ever used. Whois shows it as registered to me, which really pisses me off, but it isn't.

I did a little research on these guys (I refuse to link to them) and I'm positive it's the same people as the ones who were fined in June 2004.

A Toronto man who targeted over 73,000 business and non-profit organizations across Canada with a deceptive mailout for the renewal of their Internet domain names has been sentenced to a $40,000 fine and a five-year prohibition order. The sentence results from an investigation by the Competition Bureau into Mr. Daniel Klemann and Internet Registry of Canada (IROC) under the misleading representations provisions of the Competition Act.

Perhaps I should take the letter along with me when I report for jury duty.

Posted by Ripley on March 27, 2005

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