Jury service

Starburst
Starburst Member Posts: 2,546
edited 19. Feb 2016, 17:01 in Community Chit-chat archive
I've been called for jury service. I was called in March but deferred as I had booked leave from work and I'd lose the leave if I didn't use it by the end of the month. I've been called again for July which obviously I have to do. Has anyone done it? I know so little! I'm a bit worried about needing toilet breaks and stretching breaks while court is in session. Surely I'm allowed on disability grounds?

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  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I was called about four years ago. I initially deferred as I was completing my dyslexia training and missing a lecture woukd have meant my being failed. I was called again about three years later after my neck problems has started. It was pre op but I was on reduced hours at school and was finding the pain made it hard for me to concentrate. I also needed to move and change position regularly. I applied for an exemption on medical grounds and was granted it. I can't remember the exact process but I know I had to give details of my reasons.
    Good luck.
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  • applerose
    applerose Member Posts: 3,621
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I doubt they would stop a trial for a juror to have a break but you can apply for an exemption on medical grounds if you have proof. There should be a section on the form to apply. If you have any questions, there will be a phone number to call the court.
    Christine
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,558
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Exemption seems to be the sensible way to go: jurors are not allowed breaks and have to sit for hours at a time. (Mr DD had one of the most boring cases ever and was hard-pressed not to fall asleep!) I've never been called but if I am then I will apply for exemption on health grounds. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,094
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Good luck hope you can get the exemption I sure you will..
    Love
    Barbara
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 26,680
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Gosh Sophie.

    In your shoes I really think I would see whether you can get out of it altogether :roll: It could be very uncomfortable for you

    Love

    Toni xxx
    Love

    Toni xxx
  • Starburst
    Starburst Member Posts: 2,546
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    In a way, I'm quite keen to do it. :oops: That said, my neck is causing a real bother and I'd hate to do something to exacerbate it and risk further issues.

    I shall have a think. Thanks for replies, I didn't realise you couldn't be exempted on grounds of physical health needs.
  • theresak
    theresak Member Posts: 1,998
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I was called three years ago, so I wrote a letter outlining the problems caused by the RA itself, plus a list of my meds and the effects caused by them e.g. lack of concentration. I provided contact details for my rheumy, and also for my GP, who offered to write a supporting letter., but this wasn't needed. I received a letter within a couple of weeks saying I would not be required.


    This was actually my second 'call up,' and they excused me the first one too, since my first son was due to be born the week I was meant to sit.

    Hope this helps.
  • Starburst
    Starburst Member Posts: 2,546
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you for the advice. Is there a form or do I just send a general letter? Thanks.
  • applerose
    applerose Member Posts: 3,621
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    There should have been a form in the envelope for you to fill in to say you are either accepting or asking to be exempt. If not, give them a ring and ask if a letter is ok.
    Christine