Friday, 7 December 2007

Waste of my time on a worthy cause

While I suppose I should be grateful for something that gave me the opportunity to sit and read the paper from cover to cover every morning, my experience of Jury Service seemed to be fundamentally a waste of time. Don't get me wrong, I believe in the value of having the general populous doing this work, it just was a catalogue of trials failing to start for one reason or another so the jury pool wasn't being used as much as they had planned for.

It must be even worse for those people who have unsympathetic employers, mine understood that this was a necessary activity and are happy to make up the difference between the capped lost earnings allowance and my actual wages.

On a related note it is interesting to see that you can now find the latests documents outlining sentencing guidelines online.

1 comment:

Joe Otten said...

The same happened to me a few years ago. Sat around for a couple of mornings, and never used.

The last minute guilty plea is a common cause. But jurors are the cheapest part of the process and treated as such.