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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?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-47952295

    "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.
     
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