Hi there I have been summonsed for jury service on 11th Jan. I am expecting my first child on 23rd November. If baby is overdue will only be 5 weeks at time of jury service. I am planning to breastfeed and will be looking after the child full time. I deferred from jury service several years ago due to a booked and paid for holiday. As I understand it I can only defer once, so am wondering if I might be excused if I ask? If anyone has any experience of this please let me know. I guess my previous deferral complicates things somewhat but perhaps they make exceptions for mothers with such young babies? Thanks in advance! x
I defeated for a charity parachute jump then got my other call up with my due date. I phoned and explained they were very understanding and excused me I just had to send them an email with proof I just asked the midwife for another matb1 as I'd lost my original by then.
Just call them. The worst they will say is no.
I'm waiting for my next one which will probably arrive with this ones due date.
huffle , I have read your reply and am completely perplexed. Why would you deferring your charity parachute jump, which is a private pursuit entered into voluntarily with absolutely no obligation upon you to fulfil, have any bearing on someone who has been summoned for Jury service ? - which is a civil obligation with serious consequences if a person were not to attend without reason. The two scenarios are not even remotely comparable !
OP your recent birth (and breast feeding) at time of jury service is absolutely acceptable reason to defer again. Call the contact number on the letter and explain. You may have to get a copy of MatB1 from your midwife or a letter stating due date as proof.
I deferred twice already due to a due date and a breastfeeding new born. I'm expecting another letter any day and am due again in a week so will likely be breastfeeding a newborn again. I wish they'd just put me back in the full pool rather than deferring me for 10 mths AGAIN. I'd only been in the UK 4 mts when the first call up came.
They say only once to dissuade people from trying for non reasons. My cousin has been called up 3 times and, like other posters, has been heavily pregnant or breastfeeding and deferral was OKd very swiftly.
How fascinating (I'm a non-Brit) - it's a bit different in Australia.
Do they ask people on settlement visas to participate, or just citizens (which DH is)/permanent residents?
In Australia, most employers will continue to pay your normal wage while on jury duty and anything you get from the courts is paid back to them. We get a daily allowance, but, like here it wouldn't cover ALL costs.
Another question: if the main earner was called up and them missing work would mean financial distress for your family, is that another reason?
By the way, I'm not looking for ways of getting out of it. If we were called up, I would happily do it if I could make arrangements. I always wanted to do it at home!