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Why not me or my family?

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Nonnie Tue 30-Apr-19 16:37:10

Well yes, it perhaps should be under Legal but that is a bit serious, although I would like to know why?

One of our DiLs has been called for jury service, which she is happy to do. However she has only been British for a very short time and so asked why none of the rest of the family have ever been called. Is it random or is there some sort of selection?

No, never been arrested, let alone convicted of anything! There is a rumour though that DH was working under cover all his life because he seems to know nothing about his 'specialist subject' grin

DoraMarr Tue 30-Apr-19 16:56:19

No, it’s random. I have only ever been called once, but a friend has done two. Some people are never called. I have a large extended family, and none of them apart from me has ever been called.

Sara65 Tue 30-Apr-19 17:13:57

My son has been called, but no one else in the family

agnurse Tue 30-Apr-19 17:15:09

My understanding is that it's random. My mother and aunt have been called, but I've never been, nor do I know anyone else who has been.

I believe that jury duty is relatively uncommon because most cases are disposed of without trial (e.g. defendant agrees to a plea bargain, meaning that there is no requirement for a trial).

Urmstongran Tue 30-Apr-19 17:17:10

Random selection as far as I know. I’d love to do it. Both our daughters have, one of them twice!

Nanabilly Tue 30-Apr-19 17:23:32

I would love to do it but then I heard you get locked in a room and I know I would have a panic attack as an claustrophobic so then change my mind.
I know a couple people who have done it .my husband and dad.they hated it.
It is random selection

trisher Tue 30-Apr-19 17:27:04

I've done one. It is random. This is interesting and explains a lot. Including how to get out of it!

Nonnie Tue 30-Apr-19 17:27:51

DiL is convinced we are not respectable citizens! grin

ginny Tue 30-Apr-19 17:28:33

I was called about 25 years ago but they let me off as I was starting s new job the very same week. Never been called back and don’t want to be. My Dad was called once and didn’t enjoy it at all.
My Sister in Law was called and was unlucky enough to be on a very nasty murder trial. She found it harrowing. She was assured she would never be called again.

downtoearth Tue 30-Apr-19 17:33:22

I have been called three times,let off twice,once due to child care problems,and once after my daughter died,I was picked to sit on two seperate cases during my fortnight stint,both drugs cases,very interesting.

silverlining48 Tue 30-Apr-19 17:55:47

I was called once, 43 years ago. I was heavily pregnant and could have got away with that as an excuse I suppose but went ahead as was interested. Neither Dh or both our children never been called. It’s random.

Luckygirl Tue 30-Apr-19 17:59:51

I have never been called - during my working life I was exempt as the people in the dock might have been clients of mine!

Callistemon Tue 30-Apr-19 18:10:54

It is random but I have never been called as I was exempt too.

annodomini Tue 30-Apr-19 18:21:43

I was called once, but excused when my boss informed them that I was indispensable during a very busy week at the beginning of the college term.

Witzend Tue 30-Apr-19 18:22:12

My MiL was once quite put out because I was called when on annual leave from Oman - though I was excused since I had a young breastfed baby - and she - a very upstanding citizen! - had never been called. Neither had FiL or eithe of my parents.

I was called again a couple of years ago (over 30 years after the first call). I found it very interesting, and it was very reassuring to see how our justice system worked - how it was impressed on us that if we had the slightest doubt, we must return a Not Guilty verdict. Which to me has to be better than the other way around.

But yes, I do think it's quite random, though some people do seem to be called more than others.

Witzend Tue 30-Apr-19 18:25:42

Nanabilly, we were locked in a room only when deliberating over the verdict - a nice bright airy room, with lunch and drinks provided.

MrsJamJam Tue 30-Apr-19 18:33:02

I have done it once and found it very interesting. I'm sure we weren't locked in when deliberating, though we did have our phones taken away and were not supposed to talk to anyone except our fellow jurors about the case. I am sure we could go to the loo when necessary!

sparkly1000 Tue 30-Apr-19 18:47:32

My son was called up literally days after his 18th birthday.

Grandma70s Tue 30-Apr-19 18:51:04

I thought my son was young at 27! He is the only person in my family to have done it so far. I’m too old now, thank goodness. I’d HATE to do it.

TwiceAsNice Tue 30-Apr-19 18:58:27

Never been called . My daughter has been called twice

Lucylastic Tue 30-Apr-19 19:11:43

I've been called for jury service three times.
The first time was a case that lasted a week and I missed my house flitting. But my DH said things went swimmingly without me!
I was excused serving the second time as one of the accused was an ex pupil.
My third time was last summer during a spell of glorious weather and I'm happy to say I wasn't chosen.

luluaugust Tue 30-Apr-19 19:20:14

I have done it once, had a broken arm at the time so did another lady, we got quite chatty while we waited to be called and stayed in touch for a while afterwards. It is random but 7 of us in the family have been called up at various times all over the country

Day6 Tue 30-Apr-19 19:33:25

I have never been called and I'd love to do it. One of my daughters has been called twice and my brother has done it too. He was part of a jury on a very big case.

I'd volunteer if I could. I am just curious really. Jury service would be on a tick list of things I'd like to do.

grannyqueenie Tue 30-Apr-19 20:04:50

Random as far as I know. I was called in the 70s when my oldest children were very small and got an exemption, as you could for that reason in those days. I was called years later in 2003, when I was working in a small social care project, then again barely 2 years later. I managed to get an exemption that latter time as my boss had an overseas trip booked and the project couldn’t run without one of us being there! Blow me I was called again in 2007! My husband has been called twice and and two of our children have also served. Did wonder if it was because our surname is at the beginning of the alphabet!

M0nica Tue 30-Apr-19 20:09:38

Entirely random. I am the only person to be called in my family and I was called twice between the ages of 60 and 65. I remember having a work colleague who had served on a jury twice before she was 25.