(UPDATE: It’s worse than I thought. Just tried the website again, only to discover jury instructions for the week of May 27. Nothing else. This is the week of June 2.)
Someday, I would like to serve on a jury.
In the past, I’ve always gotten thrown out of jury duty for one of three reasons: one, I’m on standby status for an entire but never summoned; two, the case was settled out of court as I awaited my turn in the waiting room; and three, the judge threw me out of court because he/she did not think I could serve objectively. Not my fault; if you want me to serve on a jury, don’t call me in for a trial involving either armed robbery or attempted murder.
This week, I face a new obstacle: http://www.sfsuperiorcourt.org, the website of San Francisco Superior Court.
When I used my home computer, an iMac using the Safari browser, the site did not load. When I used my work computer, a Windows machine less than one month old using MicroSoft Internet Explorer, the site still did not load. My co-workers tried their Windows machine and similarly failed. Tonight’s subject for debate: is not a website that you cannot access using either a Mac or a Windows machine, using either Safari or MSIE, America’s worst website?
I used an older mode of communication known as the telephone to discover that I’m still on standby status. After I hung up, I told my co-workers, “Can you believe this? I had to use a landline!” My older co-workers clucked their tongues and expressed sympathy, but one very, very young co-worker tilted her head to one side and scowled.
“‘Landline?’ Is that a telephone that’s attached to a wall?”
Yikes. When “landline” becomes a word too old for a young co-worker, I know I’m old.
Vonn Scott Bair
PS–Firefox on the Mac accessed the Superior Court website with zero problems. I also have Sea Monkey and Sleipnir for emergencies.