It was a very early morning start with a lot of sitting around. Just waiting for things to get going.
Everyone, no matter their position on this day, had put a lot of effort into preparing for our big day in court. The ladies making sure our hair and make up was right, and the gentlemen ensuring they were smart and presentable.
Then of course there was the issue of what to wear? Jurors presumably must look smart, right? Certainly this juror wanted to so a suit and it's shirt, from my working days a decade hence at the very least, was dug out of the back of a wardrobe and a little prayer said for a snug present day fitting. And thankfully answered. With a little help of the holding in of ones' breath and a safety pin, it must be said.
It was a big occasion for the jury. We had deliberated and were finally ready to reveal our verdict to a waiting, packed court room.
Press members, family and friends of the accused and some general public sat waiting, curiosity brimming.
All nerves had reached frazzling point; the waiting around and endless wondering having taken it's toll.
The accused was led in and we all sneaked a look.
Finally the judge appeared and readied herself to take her place and to address the foreman of our jury, with the words often heard by many a jury before us:
"Foreman of the jury have you reached a verdict on which at least ten of you agree?" asked the judge.
The foreman looked at the judge and replied .......
And that's all I can tell you I'm afraid. I'm forbidden to reveal anymore, in the interests of protection. I can only reveal what is already in the media, and I have not even done that here. For it might be a story you may want to check out for yourself?
It was very interesting though, our day in court. Having read so many books and watched so many movies and TV dramas in this genre I've always wondered what it would be like in real life.
And on this day I got to find out.
Well, not quite what it was like in 'real life'.
More like what it was like filming a court room scene, in real life.
For this, my 'Day in Court', was also a day on set.
And it was very interesting indeed........