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    It's a mandatory civic duty here. You simply don't get easily dismissed from jury duty in England. There are a small class of people barred from service such as those having been in prison in the last ten years. The fine for non attendance is $1500-ish. You join a pool of jurors and are randomly chosen or not, to sit on a jury that day. You attend for duty for ten working days unless discharged earlier.
    Nobody gets to try and game the jury membership to their advantage, and although the service is for two weeks, cases may go on for longer. You can defer for a few reasons, but you need evidence, and you'll get another request in the near future.
    basically the same way here.... Lawyers like to stack the jury box with people think are more sympathetic though which is why they question jurors.

    as for a deferment..... BEST way to go. Defer to a week where there is a long weekend. Most likely you will be dismissed.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangermouse View Post
    It's a mandatory civic duty here. You simply don't get easily dismissed from jury duty in England. There are a small class of people barred from service such as those having been in prison in the last ten years. The fine for non attendance is $1500-ish. You join a pool of jurors and are randomly chosen or not, to sit on a jury that day. You attend for duty for ten working days unless discharged earlier.
    Nobody gets to try and game the jury membership to their advantage, and although the service is for two weeks, cases may go on for longer. You can defer for a few reasons, but you need evidence, and you'll get another request in the near future.
    They have changed to rules here too. A long time ago if you had small children that would get your out. No more. And like I really want to leave my kids at day care center where I don't know who would be taking care of them. I also did all the driving back and forth to school each day while they were both in school. Nope that doesn't get you out either. Can't claim financial hardship anymore either so when my hubby serves we lost a lot of money.

    I did find one of two ways you can get out of it legally - but I'm not going to say which method I used
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    Quote Originally Posted by syrenn View Post
    basically the same way here.... Lawyers like to stack the jury box with people think are more sympathetic though which is why they question jurors.

    as for a deferment..... BEST way to go. Defer to a week where there is a long weekend. Most likely you will be dismissed.....
    I did that once over Christmas. Never got called in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    I've done it twice

    IMO it's worse the Chinese water torture.

    I would rather be stuck on a airplane full of people with no room to spare for a 5 hour flight than do jury duty ever again.
    Sitting in jury duty awaiting selection is roughly on par with Chinese water torture, yes. I have not actually gotten on a jury, yet, so it is difficult to predict how I would react to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by syrenn View Post
    not big on civil duty disturbing my life.
    So it would seem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Sitting in jury duty awaiting selection is roughly on par with Chinese water torture, yes. I have not actually gotten on a jury, yet, so it is difficult to predict how I would react to that.
    LOL - one of two time I did get called in for a murder trial. But the jury pool was so big and so many people were willing to serve (god bless them) than I mentioned I had kids and the judge let me go. Could not get out of there fast enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    LOL - one of two time I did get called in for a murder trial. But the jury pool was so big and so many people were willing to serve (god bless them) than I mentioned I had kids and the judge let me go. Could not get out of there fast enough.
    Sure, there are legitimate reasons to not be on a jury - whether any jury, or one in particular. The reasons I was passed over were all specific to the case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    They have changed to rules here too. A long time ago if you had small children that would get your out. No more. And like I really want to leave my kids at day care center where I don't know who would be taking care of them. I also did all the driving back and forth to school each day while they were both in school. Nope that doesn't get you out either. Can't claim financial hardship anymore either so when my hubby serves we lost a lot of money.

    I did find one of two ways you can get out of it legally - but I'm not going to say which method I used
    best one... you cant speak english
    another one is you have to pee every two hours. And then ask to be excused to use the restroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    I did that once over Christmas. Never got called in.
    bwhahahha.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    So it would seem.

    it would seem heyjen doesn't like it much either.....

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