adamwales

Jury Service

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Just wondering what people's thoughts are on this one:

 

I'm due to go on Jury Service for two weeks. If I'm not selected for the first case, do I need to go back to work or do I stay off- in theory I'll be at the beck and call of the court; apparently jurors not selected are instructed to call every evening to check they're not needed the next day.

 

Would going into work mess up leave / pay / rest day calculation?

 

 

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Just speaking to someone who has recently done it they say you are on call so at any point they can call you back in if and when needed.

You can still claim loss of earnings when you're not needed and have still been selected.
Obviously if you went into work and then got called in there would be a problem.


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Thanks. That's my train of thought at the moment... I think we get special leave anyway. Something else I need to check!


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Peelers don't do jury service do they, or has that changed?

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Changed a while ago. On my first ( I did 2 in 13 months) bout of jury service we had a Pc from the crown court catchment area. He didn't get to sit on a panel until the middle of his second week despite being called a lot for selection as he knew officers etc ,one case he had actually taken some statements for 

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I was called in a case where I was a witness.
Shame as it would be an interesting experience.


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Informing the Crown Courts Offices of my occupation I was told by return that I would not be needed, something about conflict of interest. 

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Yeah they've not said that to me... a few on our force have done it


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Did it change at some point over the last few years? 

I know I'm NI that cops can't serve on a jury and are exempt, is that not the case in the rest of the UK anymore?

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England you have to provide your occupation and I guess they can class you as exempt on a case by case basis?

In Scotland there's a long list of occupations that gives you an exemption and police officer or special constable is one. No jury duty for me!


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I'm not sure why there seems such reluctance to sit on a jury for some people.  Yes it's a change to their routine but it is a fundamental part of of judicial system. I'd go so far to say it could be a real eye opener for an officer as to how decisions are really made

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Do you not think it's a bit of a conflict of interest though?


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Do you not think it's a bit of a conflict of interest though?


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No. Simply put. So long as you have no involvement in the investigation of that case, there is no conflict.

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Do you not think it's a bit of a conflict of interest though?


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Where's the conflict? Surely it should be the same as an officers day job. You gather all the information and evidence, some of it is conflicting. You assess it and come to a fair, reasonable and impartial conclusion.


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