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Jury Service...any experience

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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Good Morrow

Ive got Jury Service coming up in a couple of weeks, just wanted to get some first hand experience off peeps who have done it. Was it intense, did you get stared out by a murderer?

Im quite excited to go, I hope I get some juicy cases lol, I look forward to hearing both sides of the arguements from the prosecution and defence. I know some on this site probably would have a very one sided opinion on certain cases, but I'm gonna take on the evidence and view cases objectively
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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banned#1
Not been on it myself but know plenty that have and they all said it was boring. Plenty of waiting round. It seems you rarely get one nice big juicy case but a few small petty ones - if any in some cases.
#2
master_chief
Not been on it myself but know plenty that have and they all said it was boring. Plenty of waiting round. It seems you rarely get one nice big juicy case but a few small petty ones - if any in some cases.


luckily the court im at is bout 15 mins walk from my house, so its not a trek to get to if I have to wait around or if i finish early ill be home nice and quick

Only dodgy thing is if a person is up for a big case and they get let off...they might come after me :p
#3
How did you get in to that?

Have fun.
#4
im on the register but havnt been called to do any jury duty yet, not sure if i would if i did lol, seems a bit boring lol
#5
numptyj


Only dodgy thing is if a person is up for a big case and they get let off...they might come after me :p


Come after you for getting him off? :?
#6
my dad did jury service and he was waiting around all day and didnt even get picked to go in on one of the days.
#7
Adam2050
How did you get in to that?

Have fun.


how did I get into it?

they just randomly select people as far as im aware, quite a few people from work have just done jury service so I dont know if they have just selected a certain catchment area or what, but I got my form from payroll today to cover my pay whilst im there woo :-D
#8
Smaybelline
Come after you for getting him off? :?


oh yeah...that didnt really make sense haha

Maybe if they go down...years later they will find me :p
#9
I did get called, but as I had sat next to the defendant on the train into Leeds, I was dismissed, I didnt even speak to the guy we both sat there reading our papers.

Now I would hate to be called as they wouldnt cover my day rate.
#10
micoo
im on the register but havnt been called to do any jury duty yet, not sure if i would if i did lol, seems a bit boring lol


i think if you get picked you have to go unless you have a very good reason why you cant attend.
#11
numptyj
how did I get into it?

they just randomly select people as far as im aware, quite a few people from work have just done jury service so I dont know if they have just selected a certain catchment area or what, but I got my form from payroll today to cover my pay whilst im there woo :-D


Oh right, nice you get paid at the same time for a bit of a change.

What do you if you don't mind me asking?
#12
numptyj
oh yeah...that didnt really make sense haha

Maybe if they go down...years later they will find me :p


Yeah lol Or get their gang members to hunt you down! Thats one thing about jury duty that would really scare me, Im sure theres a film about that where all 12 jury members are murdered years later..... :? ...no really there is a film about that!
#13
pink-ka
i think if you get picked you have to go unless you have a very good reason why you cant attend.


yeah, and if you get let off, I think u have 2 years before you can get called again but the next time I think it has to be a very very good reason for you to not attend
#14
i'd hate to do it

imagine if it was crime against a child - do you have to look at the evidence??

OH got called couple of years ago but hes unable to do summit like that, and has been taken off the list
#15
Adam2050
Oh right, nice you get paid at the same time for a bit of a change.

What do you if you don't mind me asking?


baller

:p

I work in social services
#16
numptyj
baller

:p

I work in social services


Ah right. Cool. :)

Should of put part time baller.:thumbsup:

Do you enjoy your job?
#17
I done this 3 years ago.

Got picked on the 1st day & was in court for 10 days, then released. I know some people who were sitting around for 2 weeks solid though doing nothing......

Everyone called has to go on the 1st day, then they ask if anyone cannot make the next 2 weeks. 90% of the people put their hand up, then they say "excluding anything to do with work"...........this then reduces to about 2 people lol.

Its a good experience though & I hope I get called upon again :)
#18
Adam2050
Ah right. Cool. :)

Should of put part time baller.:thumbsup:

Do you enjoy your job?


yeah its good, only started 5 months ago but before I was in retail which was looong

Now its shorter hours, weekends off, quicker journey to work and much more money

win win
#19
hi,ive done jury service but my case was really drawn out and boring,we basiclly sat around for 2 weeks in court listening to the evidence then sent back out every hour or so for chats ,drinking tea etc!!!you do get paid expences which works out as your work wage and also £5 per day for meals etc!!
#20
now ive gotta do some work lol, ill check back later if other people have got first hand experience :thumbsup:
#21
I did it 20 yrs ago,god i feel old now,was a murder case mind you,some guy threw another guy over a bridge in Glossop,the pics i had to look at weren't very nice:w00t:
#22
numptyj
yeah its good, only started 5 months ago but before I was in retail which was looong

Now its shorter hours, weekends off, quicker journey to work and much more money

win win


Sounds good.

I was in retail for ages, then got a job at home, and its such a great deal.

As I get the weekends off too. :-D
#23
Can be pretty boring - I work for a firm of defence lawyers and its not all murder/rape/child horrors you could get a fraud which is extremely boring - but then again you wouldn't have nightmares after it with all the evidence that you have to see.
banned#24
LOL Jury service and going to court.

Come on numpty. Own up..... what you down for?
#25
snitch
banned#26
It sucks I've been selected twice in 3 years I've been on the registry. First time waited around for couple of days and never got picked so second time which was due to be April 12th I got doctors letter to get out of it as not wasting my time with it
#27
guv
LOL Jury service and going to court.

Come on numpty. Own up..... what you down for?


I'm down for a serious case of trolling,

Her majesties moderating team but me away for a stint a while ago... I hope I don't get found out again :p

But other than that it is actually a srs thread lol
#28
micoo
im on the register but havnt been called to do any jury duty yet, not sure if i would if i did lol, seems a bit boring lol


If you get called you need a very good reason to get out of doing it I'm afraid micoo.
banned#29
numptyj
I'm down for a serious case of trolling,

Her majesties moderating team but me away for a stint a while ago... I hope I don't get found out again :p


Inb4 the ban

But other than that it is actually a srs thread lol


Never done it. Probably due to my convictions for daylight bank robbery on red carpets, grand theft auto (2 counts) and baiting trolls. :p
#30
nope got convictions so discounted........

depends what sort of case you get most are quite boring but occasionally you may get asked into somehing interesting

i used to go down the local courts in leeds years ago and sit at the back at lunchtime and days off just out of interest to see hoe the legal system worked
#31
i've been called twice i got out of going because my kids were tiny at the time and i couldn't get the childcare.
they were both in the space of 6 months which was a bit odd as some people are never called. one of them was for a coroners court which would of been interesting
#32
missp27;8192908
i've been called twice i got out of going because my kids were tiny at the time and i couldn't get the childcare.
they were both in the space of 6 months which was a bit odd as some people are never called. one of them was for a coroners court which would of been interesting


If you defer it, you get called back within 12 months :thumbsup:
#33
ChrisUK
If you defer it, you get called back within 12 months :thumbsup:


it wasn't defered, they just told me in a letter that i didn't have to go. that was about 10 years ago. if i got called again now i would definately do it, think it would be interesting
[helper]#34
I've been picked twice (randomly selected from the electoral register). One at Croydon went for 4 days hung around until we were sent home mid-afternoon and on the fourth day got "released" from jury service ie they didn't need anybody.

Last one was a couple of years ago and was selected for a child abuse case...Its interesting to see how the court works (eg you have to file into the jury box in the right order and once you are considering the case you're not allowed to leave the jury room). Its not something you can take light-heartedly - its a responsibility (whether you find guilty or not guilty)

One of the other things I found rather disconcerting was they read out the names of all the jurors so if someone does want to get at the jury its pretty easy for them....
#35
The only "issue" I had was in the case of a pedo. I thought it was going to be really bad, but there wasnt much detail or evidence. Even though I knew the guy was guilty though, there was no "hard" evidence - it made me sick to think he got off with it :(
#36
I did Jury service a while ago and it was a case that was very difficult to deal with as it involved a case of a man who made and distributed images of children enagaged in sexual actilvity. We had to judge if the images were indeed indecent and in all 150 images were found to be of the worst possible including babies. The images will never be erased from my mind as I don't think its possible to remove such depravity once you see it I just hope that finding this individual guilty will go some way of taking such scum of the streets.

Anyway it can be very dull I suggest taking a book or a DS or similar as you do get to wait around a lot.
#37
mikebike
I did Jury service a while ago and it was a case that was very difficult to deal with as it involved a case of a man who made and distributed images of children enagaged in sexual actilvity. We had to judge if the images were indeed indecent and in all 150 images were found to be of the worst possible including babies. The images will never be erased from my mind as I don't think its possible to remove such depravity once you see it I just hope that finding this individual guilty will go some way of taking such scum of the streets.

Anyway it can be very dull I suggest taking a book or a DS or similar as you do get to wait around a lot.


Was thinking about taking my walkman but I don't think u can have electrical items, maybe I should hire some books on law from the library and brush up :p
[helper]#38
numptyj
Was thinking about taking my walkman but I don't think u can have electrical items, maybe I should hire some books on law from the library and brush up :p


If you are picked for a case they don't let you have mobile phones in the jury room but I think mp3 players etc are fine. They'll probably send you a leaflet saying what you can and can't bring with you.

Has anybody heard of anyone famous doing jury service? or is it just the plebs?
#39
I did it about 20 years ago. I remember sitting around a lot for the first week, then on the second week got an agravated robbery case which lasted nearly 3 weeks as the defendant decided to defend himself. There was a lot of sending out the jury while legal points were expained.
It was a bit scary as one of my fellow jurors was followed to her bus stop by a relative of the defendant (a huge bloke with tattoos on his face!) so after that we had to be escorted to our respective means of transport home by a court official.
It's certainly an experience and I'm pleased I did it, but having done it, I don't feel any desire to do it again, so hope I don't get called again!
#40
ChrisUK
The only "issue" I had was in the case of a pedo. I thought it was going to be really bad, but there wasnt much detail or evidence. Even though I knew the guy was guilty though, there was no "hard" evidence - it made me sick to think he got off with it :(


This is one of those difficult things, I had a family member go down for a serious crime though nothing to do with pedophillia or rape or anything like that with no hard evidence and a lot of what I call "fake" evidence i.e stuff that was brought up at original arrest like scratches on their arm and doctors said it wasnt from victim was "lost" 3 times then at court the police said the sctraches were from victim! Then the person was claimed to be guilty as they had an argument with the victim and went on holiday for a week on the spur of the moment.

The police claimed there was no other suspects though the victim was having an affair with someone who had a history of violence and left a flat full of stuff and just sold his pc and phone to buy a plane ticket and left a flat full of dvds and some games consoles and expensive tv and clothes yet he wasnt a suspect!

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