It's easy to love Portland, but nobody enjoys going to court ... right? Not so fast. Even going to the courthouse can be weirdly pleasant (right in line with the motto, "Keep Portland Weird"). It certainly helps that we have excellent public transit and that we are the gold-standard for city planning. And maybe court doesn't seem so bad when the building is surrounded by green trees and rose bushes. The criminal courts can't be too scary after the City of Roses was named Third Safest City in America in 2009. Add in beautiful city parks, craft beer, and tempting food carts, and jury duty makes a wonderful opportunity for a picnic.
Before you head off to court, review this guide so that you can have a pleasant day with hardly any fuss.