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Judge lifts the curtain?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Malcolm_Stewart, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    Does this news item tell us too much about the quality of our Civil Service? Or was some automatic answering service not programmed correctly?


    "They wrote back to me, they picked up on the fact I was the judge but said 'your appeal for refusal has been rejected but you could apply to the resident judge' but I told them 'I am the resident judge'.
  2. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    I think it is a case of the Jury Central Summoning Bureau doing its job correctly, they are not supposed to intervene in the summoning process and there are now very few disqualifying conditions. However, I do think it reasonable that the system should check the names of those summoned against the names of those involved in a case. Under the current rules it is not impossible for the accused, the investigation officers, prosecuting council, defending council, witnesses or, apparently, the judge to be summoned for jury service in a case in which they are involved. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-jury-summons
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2019
  3. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Perhaps there are some judges who would be well advised to spend an hour or two in a jury room, could be very beneficial to see how the man (or woman) on the Clapham omnibus thinks....
  4. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    I hope that should I ever have the misfortune to be on trial before a jury that I also get summonsed to be on it. Could come in handy.
    LesleySM likes this.

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