Eleven Jurors Absent From High Court May Face $500 Fine

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Eleven jurors, who were not present in court for potential jury duty on Monday, may each have to pay a fine of $500 if a valid reason for their absence at the High Court is not declared.

Justice Ian Morley pass the order after he observed that a large number of potential jurors were absent from court for the beginning of a new trial matter.

He also remarked that he has never seen anything like this in his many years on the bench.

Around 60 jurors had been scheduled to appear in the High Court to facilitate a random 12 being chosen and sworn in to render an impartial verdict in a sexual offence matter.

One juror spoke for three of her colleagues suggesting that there may have been a misunderstanding with regard to the date of the trial since it had been changed subsequently.

Morley said that the absent jurors will be contacted and must provide a written excuse as to why they neglected jury duty or be subjected to pay the fine.

 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I think people should have the choice if they want to be a juror. Slavery we are told was abolished but it is in times like these where we realize that slavery was redesigned.

  2. Such nonsense as slavery is ridiculous, on the one hand you celebrate independence as a nation then you complain when it’s time to do your civic duties. Grow up and stand up and be counted as a citizen of the country. If it’s 3 things that I believe in doing as a concern citizen, is pay my taxes, vote and jury duty when I am called.

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