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    Jury Summons

    I've been given a jury summons....

    Just sent off the reply form.

    Anyone else been in this situation and got any tales? Obviously you're not supposed to give juicy details on cases but the process as a whole.

    I'm led to believe it's quite boring generally with a lot of sitting around waiting to be called up with about a 50/50 chance of actually sitting in a case.

    I'm a bit apprehensive that I'm going to be chosen as a foreperson and have to take a leading role in proceedings.

    The money side of things isn't a massive issue, I'm fairly certain my workplace won't see me out of pocket. The parking fees will be expensive though, Leeds crown court.

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    I'm lucky enough to have avoided this to date. Doesn't really interest me, but I understand the attraction. As I'm a contractor, I'd be looking for a way out if I were summoned. I worked with a guy who was called up. I jokingly said that I'd see him in 6 months. He was gone 9 months. That would really bore me to tears.
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    I was called several years ago, but was fortunate the case was (relatively) trivial. A young thug decided to give someone a bit of a pasting outside a fast food place.

    A work colleague was less fortunate - he ended up sitting on a jury for several weeks during a rather nasty murder trial. You just don't know what you are likely to get (if anything) keep your fingers crossed that it is a straightforward one if you are called.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shrek View Post
    I'm lucky enough to have avoided this to date. Doesn't really interest me, but I understand the attraction. As I'm a contractor, I'd be looking for a way out if I were summoned. I worked with a guy who was called up. I jokingly said that I'd see him in 6 months. He was gone 9 months. That would really bore me to tears.
    From what I gather you don't really have that much choice in the matter unless you can prove your loss from the workplace will be disastrous.

    Either that or you've got a pre-booked holiday etc.

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    All you need to know is that if they look guilty, then they must be guilty.

    After all, they wouldn't be in court if they weren't guilty, would they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JakeBlade View Post
    All you need to know is that if they look guilty, then they must be guilty.

    After all, they wouldn't be in court if they weren't guilty, would they?
    But what if they don't come from Glasgow or Liverpool?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil1 View Post
    From what I gather you don't really have that much choice in the matter unless you can prove your loss from the workplace will be disastrous.

    Either that or you've got a pre-booked holiday etc.
    You can only delay your summons, unless self employed and can prove that your business would be severely impacted.

    I was called up 2 years ago and got cancelled with a week to go, I'm lucky my employer makes up the difference in what you can claim as expenses and my full salary as the money you can claim wouldn't go very far lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil1 View Post
    From what I gather you don't really have that much choice in the matter unless you can prove your loss from the workplace will be disastrous.

    Either that or you've got a pre-booked holiday etc.
    Not the case as far as I'm aware. I am the sole employee of my company, so my loss from the workplace would be disastrous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shrek View Post
    Not the case as far as I'm aware. I am the sole employee of my company, so my loss from the workplace would be disastrous.
    Then you would have a good case for exclusion, my father worked for himself and was able to be excluded

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ancill View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Phil1 View Post
    From what I gather you don't really have that much choice in the matter unless you can prove your loss from the workplace will be disastrous.

    Either that or you've got a pre-booked holiday etc.
    You can only delay your summons, unless self employed and can prove that your business would be severely impacted.

    I was called up 2 years ago and got cancelled with a week to go, I'm lucky my employer makes up the difference in what you can claim as expenses and my full salary as the money you can claim wouldn't go very far lol
    Yes the claim form is poor reading. 31.4p per mile? Don't they know I'm running a supercharged V8?

    £5.71 a day meal allowance. Looks like I'm slumming it at McDonald's/Gregg's.

    Doubt I'll qualify for parking reimbursement being fairly close to the courts.

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    When they ring me up to find out where I am, I could always say I'm stuck on the end of my road and run out of fuel as I couldn't stretch the allowance that far?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil1 View Post
    When they ring me up to find out where I am, I could always say I'm stuck on the end of my road and run out of fuel as I couldn't stretch the allowance that far?
    Good ploy. Always arrive late. Always be on the phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shrek View Post
    Good ploy. Always arrive late. Always be on the phone.
    That's one way of making sure your in the dock and not the jury

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ancill View Post
    That's one way of making sure your in the dock and not the jury
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jodel View Post
    But what if they don't come from Glasgow or Liverpool?
    Here's the full check list:

    No jacket: guilty
    Accent (of any kind): guilty
    Nose piercing: guilty
    Visible tattoo(s): guilty
    Chewing gum: guilty

    Wearing glasses: not guilty

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    I done it about 20 years ago. I was on an attempted rape case, it only lasted about 3 days. I think I got sent home on the first two days. Lots of waiting around but quite interesting.
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    It is tedious and boring - I sat for many days without being called up - eventually on day 4 shuffled into a court and sworn in, within 10 minutes of the defence barrister opening his mouth the Judge decided he had said something he shouldn't and dismissed the jury because it would prejudice the case.
    Sat another couple of days and then finally let go without hearing anything.

    The allowances are a joke - at lunchtime you cant nip out so you have to use their canteen/foodbar - whos prices are like those at a theme park - your allowance is used up on a cup of tea and a biscuit.
    If you live close by and public transport is available then that's all the travel allowance you can claim.

    Courts are boring, but you do get to see just how useless some of the barristers are - majority don't present as intelligent people at all, Oh yes - If someone actually makes it to a crown court then your 90% sure they are guilty anyway - The CPS are such wimps that they only proceed on cast iron certain cases - The only thing really to consider is how impressed you are by the defence council.

    so - If you think the defendant needs a hard time, deprived of his computer games machine, live with very little creature comforts, mobile phone credit and drugs - best find him innocent. Inside its all available

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    I did it about 12 years ago, 2 cases, one was possession of class A drugs and the second was alleged rape which was hilarious.

    It was in all a pretty bad experience. Threats were made in the courtroom against the jurors so we were escorted through the tunnels under the courts and driven to the police station in vans where we were voluntarily kept in cells until someone could come and pick us up.

    The majority of the other jurors were made up minimum wage workers etc. A few of them couldn't read or write. I had to write the notes to the judge then read them back to the room. Scary stuff.

    Not an experience I would like to repeat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil View Post
    I had to write the notes to the judge then read them back to the room. Scary stuff.

    Not an experience I would like to repeat
    That's the sort of thing I'm not looking forward to. Being threatened isn't something that worries me though.

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    Luckily in my line of work I can't be summoned to do this.


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