Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 2300 Hrs.
Lawyers, judges, courtrooms, juries, complainants, defendants, spectators, cases. All of these are a part of serving on a jury, but most importantly, is time!
Because I am speaking about this subject from my unique point of view, I will have to be careful as to not assume a position for anyone else. I want to say that I would not be comfortable serving on a jury, for a few reasons.
- Fears of crowded places
- Nonobjectivity based on my current mood
- Case facts could become triggers
I own me so I won’t lie about it, I wouldn’t be any good for a jury. My level of pain prevents me from being able to sit in uncomfortable positions for extended periods, and when I have a wave of pain strike me, it could cause me to pass out as it has so many times in the past nine years. Alright, enough about me.
Persons with PTSI(D) can certainly serve on a jury. The questions that will have to be answered are those of a personal nature. Whether or not a person can deal with the pressures of jury duty are personal and not open to a widespread definition. The causes of their condition will play a major role in the decision they make. It is not a simple matter of just not wanting to be bothered with the process itself. There are extenuating circumstances where emotionally injured persons are concerned. Triggers and other possibilities must be taken into consideration and only the individual knows the answers.
A person whose conditions have been caused by a history of childhood abuse, may not be able to sit on a panel hearing a case of child abuse, rape survivors, rape cases, war crime survivors, war crimes trials, and so on. We cannot afford to neglect the possibilities of what effect a trial might have on a person who is emotionally injured. Concurrently as well, we cannot assume that someone who is dealing with emotional issues is unable to perform the duties of a juror without giving that individual the opportunity to describe for themselves whether or not they are available to do so.
All people have the ability to perform duties, the mastery of performing tasks does not take all that much in the way of effort depending upon innate talent, and accessibility to those qualities at any given time. Someone who is in a state of triggered obsessive debate within, however, might not be suitable at that given time to do so favorably.
A general who is suffering from emotional issues is not a good candidate to perform the task of constructing a good plan of attack for his troops. His own issues will cloud his ability to clearly see the events that should take place in order to protect his men, and win against the enemy. This has been proven many times throughout history.
Parenting, work duties, household duties, anything that can be done, can be done by a person even if they do have to work with PTSI(D) and emotionally charged injuries and illnesses, it’s a matter of degrees of influence being exerted upon the person’s mind and emotions at the time. This is really not difficult, but it has its difficulties, as you can plainly see. Anyone can have an emotional break from his or her needed skills at any time. A person who is clinically depressed, can perform or not, just as a person who is not so encumbered can or not. It is really not fair to say that only non-encumbered persons should be considered to be competent to do the jobs.
PTSI(D) patients can be excellent parents, pilots, lawyers, judges, business leaders, and all others in the spectrum of jobs and duties. The act of performing is not incumbent upon a clear sense of viewing the world. It is based on the availability of capabilities and abilities at a given time. Everyone needs time to decompress from pressures of duties from time to time, not just someone who is dealing with an emotional illness.
Living requires certain skills, learning as well takes certain skills, emotional illness is not always a barrier to gaining these skills, although they may at times be an interruption to using them. But this is not a given, it is just conjecture, it is an assumption and assumptions are often incorrect. We are just as capable and just as entitled to be seen as candidates for normal activities unless the individual indicates by words or by actions, any information to the contrary.