Jury Duty. Who's done it?

  • So I have to front up to court in the city soon to do Jury Duty. Will say I am not looking forward to how long it's going to take me to travel in there and back, and on a stupid train with possible stupid Covid carriers, but has anyone else done it before?

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  • I got the letter to go about 30 years agobut had moved house at the time and it was forwarded to me by the people who bought my old place. I realised what it was and since it had my old address on it, I sent it back unopened with 'no longer at this address, return to sender' written on it. I've never been called before or since.

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  • And it's also gonna cost me. $9 a day for train fare in and out, about 3 hours a day total travel time, and no overtime.

    You get paid $40 a day from them, and my work has to make up the difference in to an 8 hour pay day.


    If it was a country court, and you live more than 8kms from the court, they pay 45c per km travelled.

    The city one doesn't even give you train fare. Sucks a bit.

    Can buy a weekly myki and save a bit, but might get dismissed after 1st day.

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  • I've done it once, the whole thing was a bit of a waste of time in my case.



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  • I've done it once. It was a kiddy fiddler case, so pretty unpleasant. At least it only lasted two days.


    Apparently the worst ones are the white collar fraud cases because there are mountains of documents for the lawyers to trawl through and they take ages.

  • Not over hard to get out of it either....tell em you have to take some one in family to a specialist or you have a dentist appointment or the likes.....I managed to dodge it twice pretty easily in the past.

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  • i got called up and asked the boss for a letter to get out of it. The b@$tard said it would do me good to serve the community so wouldnt help get me off.


    It isnt that bad. You will likely only be called in a couple times and then sit in a room to see if your number is called out. If it is called out then u go in to the courtroom. Once in there you again wait to see if your number is called out. If the number is called you stand up and walk towards the front of the courtroom towards the seating. If u get stopped before u get to sit you are excused. If u make it to the seats u are then part of the jury.

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  • And pray you don't get on a case where you get "Hotel Lockdown" for a week or more!

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  • Obviously not there, but yes, 3 times in 61 years! Last one was a murder trial! And I agree with you, we do owe something back to our society! Enjoy the voir dire if you get that far. I guess I am making assumptions about trials in your country!

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  • Mate.. First post on these forums and funny enough I can help.


    I had to do it last week.


    I went in and sure enough I was the 3rd number called up and selected.


    The case I was dealing with, I personally could NOT stay impartial and let the judge know exactly why I already thought he was guilty.


    I was let off by the judge and thanked for my time. My trial was meant to run 6-8 weeks and is a pretty major one running in the papers at the moment.

  • Got an email from the court on Friday, saying they're looking for people to do a 4 week trial, and was I available.

    I answered no, and gave my explanations as to why.

    4 weeks can get stuffed. I can hardly remember what I did 4 days ago. How would I remember evidence from 4 weeks ago

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  • This Jury service is turning in to a real headache. As of now, I'm advising anyone else who gets called up to do anything they can to get out of it.

    Today is Friday and I'm meant to attend Monday. I was meant to be contacted this week with more info, but have got nothing.

    I just sent an email and got an auto response saying they'll get back to me in 3 days. A bit late then.


    I originally received an email with info and says you don't get any allowance for travel there.

    But digging through the website, I can get an Uber or taxi, up to $100 in value (I think per day) because of the covid situation. But then I have to submit my receipts and they "may" repay me for it.

    The email says I should hear from them before 4:30pm today.

    Website says do not contact them until after 4:30pm. How is my employer supposed to arrange to cover me when I don't know until close of business today? It's bloody stupid.

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  • Chill....don't show....... more incompetence than a cows bum.....just tell em they stuffed you & the boss around to much so they can shove it!!.......After all time is money!!

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  • Finally got through to them on the phone. Lady was actually looking at my email when she answered. Anyway, about 2pm I get an email and text saying it's deferred until Tuesday. But they confirmed I'm not on the 4 week trial thankfully.

    But I have to wait for a confirmation again on Monday some time.

    So I start my work shift Monday from 2pm to midnight, then at some time, they may tell me I'm needed Tuesday. Great. I work until midnight then have to get up 6 hours later to get going to court.

    This whole way of doing it sucks.

    You don't know until late in the day whether you're needed the next day.

    No wonder so many people try and get out of it.

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  • Get a Dr's certificate saying you need x number of hours sleep after coming off a late shift so you can't make it to court by 8am.



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  • Well, dont have to be there until 9am on the 1st day, so they'd say I have to finish work at 11pm for a 10 hour break.

    Bah humbug. Sooner I get in there and get expelled, the better.

    GMG DB, small Weber kettle. That's it. It's all I have left now. ;(

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