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John Bandettini
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Fellow geeks I thought I would share with you that I have just completed a 14 week stint on Jury service. It certainly was interesting and a very different experience than I expected.

It was a big case which took a lot of time. we saw over 100 witnesses before coming to our verdict. I was witha bunch of non-gamers, but I soon got them playing games at lunch time. Only quick light stuff like No Thanks, Say Anything and Hey That's my Fish.

If anyone is interested in the case the story is here.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8156246.stm
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That sounds like quite the story. Hope you weren't sequestered during that time.
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No we went home at night. In fact court hours were generally 10:15 to 16:15, so I'm going to find it hard doing those 'long' hours back at work.
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Wow... 14 weeks... I've been called for Jury Service twice, and didn't have to serve either time. I can't decide if that's 14 weeks off work, or 14 weeks extra work... shake
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I would have found him guilty of intimidation based solely on the way he looks.

Wow, interesting case. If you don't mind my asking, what is "redundancy cash"?
 
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A payment given to someone who has been made redundant from their job. I don't know if you call it redundancy in the States, it means you loose your job because the job is not required any more and is not your fault. So you would receive a payment usually based on the length of time you have done the job.

We thought he was probably guilty of intimidation as well, but the only two witnesses were unreliable and the Judge had given clear instructions that if we could not be certain of the decision that we must find him not guilty.
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I first thought it was about Geekmod, but then I read the article, and found that it was merely regular scandal, intimidation, fraud and rampant deceit.
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JohnBandettini wrote:
No we went home at night. In fact court hours were generally 10:15 to 16:15, so I'm going to find it hard doing those 'long' hours back at work.


How do I get to be on an English jury?

To understand your system do you get paid by the courts commensurate to your normal pay, paid a stipend by the courts with the possibility that the difference is made up by your employer, or some other method?
 
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JohnBandettini wrote:
A payment given to someone who has been made redundant from their job. I don't know if you call it redundancy in the States, it means you loose your job because the job is not required any more and is not your fault. So you would receive a payment usually based on the length of time you have done the job.


Sounds like what we would call severance pay.
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spizio wrote:
To understand your system do you get paid by the courts commensurate to your normal pay, paid a stipend by the courts with the possibility that the difference is made up by your employer, or some other method?
Normal is for your employers to pay you as normal, and the court recompenses them. That's when the employer finds out the case only lasted two weeks, and he's been lazing around at home for the other 12
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spizio wrote:
JohnBandettini wrote:
No we went home at night. In fact court hours were generally 10:15 to 16:15, so I'm going to find it hard doing those 'long' hours back at work. :D


How do I get to be on an English jury?

To understand your system do you get paid by the courts commensurate to your normal pay, paid a stipend by the courts with the possibility that the difference is made up by your employer, or some other method?


Scott

To get on a British Jury you would need to be a British Resident and on the electoral role. (Registered to vote)

If your company don't pay you while on Jury Service (I was lucky mine did), there are loss of earning payments. These start quite low (around £50 a day) but do go up depending on the time you are on the Jury (I think we were on around £100 per day after 14 weeks.). You also get your fares paid and a lunch allowance.

Of the people on the Jury some were a little worse off during the trail and some were better off. I was actually a bit better off. I was getting paid from work, but the court were paying my fares, which were the same as if I was going to work and I was getting the lunch allowance. (£5.39 per day)
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5.39 pounds? That is like what, almost ten dollars american? Nice lunch.
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