Jury Service - Have you ever been called ?

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  • Errol 12 Nov 2003 11:01:35 12,562 posts
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    Just out of interest, is there anyone on the forum who has been called to jury service ? If so, what was the experience like ?
  • Machiavel 12 Nov 2003 11:05:10 5,964 posts
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    Called once. Nothing to do for two days then was called to judge on an armed robbery.

    Really enjoyed the experience. Was elected the jury leader and had a day of fascinating debate with everybody over the evidence. It seemed almost surreal to be deciding the fate of a human being in such a lively, jokey atmosphere (some of that being my fault I fear).

    Then, at the moment I was called to stand up and deliver the verdict, I felt really awful. Sending a bloke to jail, upsetting their relatives, giving the witnesses and victims some distance and justice - very unsettling experience.
  • Tiger_Walts 12 Nov 2003 11:06:41 16,632 posts
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    No, but knowing my luck, if I was called it'd be a dull case of aggrivated assault with 200 witnesses.

    Hmm, I don't even know anybody who has been on a jury either.

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  • Alastair 12 Nov 2003 11:21:34 16,408 posts
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    Knowing me, I'd disappear off into 'Alastair World' during vital parts of the giving of evidence, then have to bluff it when asked whetherI thought the bloke/woman was guilty.

    Why do I have such a short attention span!!??

    Actually, that only happens during boring meetgins. I'm sure I would pay attention in a courtroom.
  • DocX 12 Nov 2003 11:35:14 1,963 posts
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    Yep, long time ago now though, when I was in college. Pissed me off because I couldn't get a summer job because of it, & as I was a student I got no recompense from them.

    First case was laughed out of court by the judge after 5 minutes - 2 kids accused of robbing another kid of 30p. 2nd case was of a naive German tourist who'd heard you could go to Brixton & live for free in a squat. Nice. Anyway he got robbed & beaten after knocking on the door of a likely looking squat & being invited in. Defense was using every cheesy ploy in the book - the cops planted the Deutsch marks, the tourist made aggressive homosexual advances (& therefore presumably had to be beated) - the accused got 3 years iirc. 3rd was of 2 brothers whose flat was found to contain a load of heroin & both blamed the other one!

    I found it all very interesting, though it worried me that a lot of the jury were complete muppets who weren't following the case at all. Also, after the guilty verdicts when they read out the previous offences, you find out what a nasty piece of work they were - the drug dealer was a convicted rapist & his offences included assaulting a pub landlord with an afro comb!

    edit: I'd hate to be on the jury on one of those huge fraud cases that last for a year or more - how the hell does that work?

    Edited by DocX at 11:37:26 12-11-2003
  • rauper Staff 12 Nov 2003 11:43:00 3,353 posts
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    Not me. Are there ever cases where the jury make their judgement and then are found dead several years later as payback? That would suck.
  • Lutz 12 Nov 2003 11:44:51 48,854 posts
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    Yeah Errol. I'd look that up mate.
    You could be dead in 6 months. Some osort of gangland murder trail going on...

    /doesn't want to be in Errols shoes
  • FWB 12 Nov 2003 12:26:57 45,627 posts
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    I have and it was one of the most boring experiences of my life. Fortunately I was able to talk my way out of any cases and left after 3 days.
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  • otto Moderator 28 May 2007 11:16:19 49,335 posts
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    Oh Dear God, no! Errol on jury service??

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  • neilka 7 Feb 2013 15:46:42 16,539 posts
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  • Alastair 7 Feb 2013 15:49:28 16,408 posts
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    What, did you send down an innocent man?
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  • ComradePete 7 Feb 2013 15:54:12 494 posts
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    :)

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  • mal 7 Feb 2013 15:56:33 22,842 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    What, did you send down an innocent man?
    I'm guessing this is the new official random musings thread.

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