I recently completed two weeks of jury duty, and it was certainly an eye opener. I'll admit to being a fan of CSI, so seeing how evidence is used in real court was fascinating. Naturally I didn't get a cryptic murder mystery, but what I saw was still very different to what I'm used to.
One thing I wasn't prepared for was the amount of sitting around. I brought a book, but I'd read it before the day was even halfway through. Thankfully, once you're assigned to a case things get more interesting, but it's still a pain to be sat in the lobby for six hours waiting for your name to be called.
It's definitely an experience, and even though I didn't relish the idea of being locked in a room with eleven strangers to debate matters of law, it was actually quite enjoyable.