Can you get out of doing jury service?

vulcan

Member
Location
carlisle
As above can you get out of doing? it or will I just have to get up earlier to milk the cows and do up then work later at night also be about same time as second cut be ready.
 

Bald Rick

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Anglesey
No you have to present yourself at court.
You may not be selected (but be placed on stand by) or dismissed if you are known to the judge, or one of the barristers

To refuse would be to be held in contempt.
 
As above can you get out of doing? it or will I just have to get up earlier to milk the cows and do up then work later at night also be about same time as second cut be ready.
I was called for jury service many years ago but did not have to attend as I am a self employed farmer with both cattle and sheep. I told them that there was welfare issues with the stock and was told I did not need to attend. You must contact the court asap and explain your situation.
 

The Son

Member
Location
Herefordshire
I also wrote a letter as was too busy at the time they wanted me, got out of the first stint but was told I would be called again fairly soon. Got called and was all ready to make a start and got a phone call to say I wouldn't be needed, and that is the last I have heard from them, shame really as I was quite looking forward to learning about the laws of the land and how they are enacted.
 

homefarm

Member
Location
N.West
I have been called twice last time just over a year ago, it was in the summer harvest time so aloud to defer for 6 months but not let off. You can claim for cost of paying someone else to do your job
Did 4 days in November as a case due in court had changed their plea to guilty so a load of us got sent home. Chosen because I could go back to job and not claim for 2 weeks loss of income, those that could not stayed.
 
Personally I’d love to do jury service but as a relatively small scale farmer with livestock to look after/cows to milk as well as a father with dementia to look after it would be totally impractical.
As said above, let the courts know your situation and you will most likely be excused but ultimately justice does need folk to do jury service .
 

ColinV6

Member
I have been called twice last time just over a year ago, it was in the summer harvest time so aloud to defer for 6 months but not let off. You can claim for cost of paying someone else to do your job
Did 4 days in November as a case due in court had changed their plea to guilty so a load of us got sent home. Chosen because I could go back to job and not claim for 2 weeks loss of income, those that could not stayed.
When I got let off after my letter he said it’s likely they’ll be in touch again soon. That was about 9 years ago :D
 

Moo cow

Member
I was called for jury service many years ago but did not have to attend as I am a self employed farmer with both cattle and sheep. I told them that there was welfare issues with the stock and was told I did not need to attend. You must contact the court asap and explain your situation.
Ditto.
Got out of it on animal welfare grounds!
 

Raider112

Member
I worry about Jury service it could ruin my business.

My plan is to keep falling a sleep & get thrown out of court. I accept that might result in a fine.
I very nearly did that, had a pint with my dinner, the heat, the repetitive stuff boring me to tears and I felt myself going. The shock woke me up nicely though.
 

Hollykip

Member
Location
North yorks
I did it I delayed to a more suitable time of year first call was lambing time I asked to be excused but my request was turned down
Yes I struggled with jobs to do before and after
But I did enjoy the experience
Seeing first hand how the courts and QCs work
3 cases I got in a fortnight
And yes best pay ever due to no bus route, parking, lunch time allowance
Etc etc
 

Nick.

Member
Location
Kenilworth
I’ve been called twice. The first time I went.
Second time I wrote a letter saying I’m single handed on the farm bla blah and got off it.
 

davedb

Member
Location
Staffordshire
I’ve been called this time I replied saying I was busy calving cows and couldn’t spare the time due to welfare reasons so have been excused until the winter I’m quite looking forward to it actually
 

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