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Jury Service - What if they call me?

Penny Saver Avatar
6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
Just a bit of a random thought came to me today. I am a full time stay at home mum with three children not yet in school (eldest begins nursery in a fortnight). Can they call me? Do I have an excuse? (Like who will have the children while I'm there?) One of those, 'it'll never happen' questions - but got me googling anyway.
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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banned#1
if they call you you will have to go no matter what im sure.
#2
That's what my googling seems to say. I thought they only called employed people, but it says all UK residents. What would I be expected to do with the children - fork out for childcare?
#3
Yes I believe that is right too, although there must be someone who doesnt have anyone to watch their children or those that are carers for their relatives. I suppose they cant be that demanding surely?,,.............got me thinking now!!!
#4
I don't have any familiy member who doesn't work full time - so no one there to have the kids. I guess they'd have to excuse me or pay for the childcare - which would be OK I guess, but I have a personal issue with randomly sticking my children with childminders I don't know or haven't vetted. Anyone know how much notice one would get before serving?
#5
OMG the maximum expenses are LOW - good for singletons, but I can't put three kids in nursery for £32 per half day!!!!! Fingers crossed they never call me. I was starting to think a week or two without the kids would be nice - not anymore...
#6
including, 4 hours in the first 10 days of jury service £32.47 per day
on the 11th days and up to the 200th
day of jury service £64.95 per day
on the 201st and all subsequent days £114.03 per day
over 4 hours in the first 10 days of jury service £64.95 per day
on the 11th day and up to the 200th
day of jury service £129.91 per day
on the 201st and all subsequent days £228.06 per day
#8
Tell em your racist, and hate people from working class backgrounds.
#9
Im now worrying about this, im a single mom of two, my youngest being 18 months old, I start uni next year, im guessing they would just expect me to miss studies??? *ponders*
#10
^^ you would be expected to miss class

have you had a letter saying you might be called OP?

im pretty sure the only way to get out of it is if you are v ill
#11
Nah, not been called up - someone I know has though, and it got me to thinking... I thought you had to be working, or maybe just a taxpayer, but no it says any UK citizen. Always thought it'd be interesting to do, now I'm hoping they never call!
#12
Penny Saver
Nah, not been called up - someone I know has though, and it got me to thinking... I thought you had to be working, or maybe just a taxpayer, but no it says any UK citizen. Always thought it'd be interesting to do, now I'm hoping they never call!


anyone can get called up, my OH did a couple of years ago, he didnt have to go due to medical reasons and has since been taken off the list
#13
To those saying anyone can be made to do jury service, well that's plain wrong, I for one would not get called up for a very good reason.................


Well I may get called but the return form filled in would then exclude me.

Edited By: harlzter on Sep 11, 2010 20:18: assss
banned#14
get yourself a criminal record, sorted
#15
sassie
get yourself a criminal record, sorted


Some convictions dont count, they have to be good ones, preferably involving a term of imprisonment
#16
Or if you are in Scotland become a doctor vet nurse soldier or priest/clergy and you're able to say no automatically for no reason other than you do a particular job

Edited By: cbryanp on Sep 11, 2010 20:21: correction
banned#17
Do you want justice to prevail in this country?

Big it up.
#18
If you are a student its easy to get out of it.

They called me up January one year, so i said emmm im busy i got exams, so i got excused.
Then they tried calling me about every 6months which always fell on something, theres always coursework or tests or something.
It doesnt need to be anything major, just say, "yea i'm a student and im busy" on the form or on the phone, i cant mind, and that was that.

This was in Glasgow, so our courts might be more lenient with jury duty than down south.
I got away with it the whole time i was a student and they kept trying to call me up for 2 years i think.
#19
Apparently if you are a student nurse you can not be called, but if you are a trained nurse or a support worker you can! weird. Penny i have same problem. I only work 22.5 hrs a week. The OH does his hours around my shifts so we would be stuck if I was called up!
banned#20
I did it a few years ago - one woman had had to sit in the cafe for two weeks as she hadnt been called in to any of the trials , she had to turn up every day though .
Choosing to not swear on a bible got me out of an attempted murder trial , i supect they prefer it if you will .
#21
If you're breastfeeding they let you off. I got called when my son was about 2 months old and told them I was breastfeeding. Son is now 12 and still haven't been called back for jury service.
#22
I thought there were various things that got you out of jury service or at least made you able to postpone it such as being a carer would get you out of it if there was no-one else to care and studying would make you able to postpone it until the hols
#23
my mum was called up but my sister was only 2 weeks old so they deferred it, she did get called up for the time she was back at work though, and thats going back to the olden days of about 12 weeks maternity leave. fingers crossed not to get called, she said it was really longand boring and she was on cases for the full 2 weeks.
#24
strange thread btw.............!!!!! why on earth are you worrying when you havent been called up.

There are more things in life to worry about than something that hasnt happened!
#25
Just get your other half to take holiday and look after his kids while you do your duty
#26
im sure they would rather find someone else that waste taxpayers cash punishing a mother for not being able to do this
#27
or you can try this if you are called

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MFebZlUJ7E
#28
I got my one and only call up for jury service a few years back. I had one child in school and the other pre-school. I have no family around to help with child care. Can't remember exactly what I said but I was excused from duty that time and haven't been called up since.
This would have been around 5 or 6 years ago.
#29
You get about one and a half months notice to answer one of your questions, a friend of mine just got called up for it. I hope it's just two weeks and not a long drawn out one for them, and nothing really bad.

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