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Jury Summons - anyone else been excused?

(17 Posts)
MannyMoeAndJack Thu 18-Sep-08 10:28:02

I've been summonsed to go and do Jury Duty!!

I am my ds's main carer so I need to be excused (not just deferred).

Has anyone else been in this situation? Was it straightforward to get excused?

magso Thu 18-Sep-08 10:58:46

Yes. When ds was 2 - 3. I was his main carer and there was no alternative. I had (IIRC) to write back to explain why no one else could care for ds ie that a nursery could not do so. They excused me but said they would not do so in the future. I know of friends who have been excused due to work commitments such as providing an essential service (sole therapist in rural practice) also.

busybeingmum Thu 18-Sep-08 12:49:15

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Claire236 Thu 18-Sep-08 12:57:55

I was summonsed for a period when I had a holiday booked. Only wanted to be deferred but was excused over the phone.

r3dh3d Thu 18-Sep-08 13:24:36


I think it helped that DD1 at the time had such a complex, high-maintenance and medically necessary diet - my argument was that pretty much no-one else was trained to keep her alive. That was 3 or 4 years ago - haven't heard from them since.

PheasantPlucker Thu 18-Sep-08 14:07:37

Yes, have been excused as dd1 has quite complex care needs. Was called a year ago, I wrote to them and they excused me almost by return of post.

cyberseraphim Thu 18-Sep-08 14:39:52

A doctor's letter should be enough - it should be very straight forward.

Nat1H Thu 18-Sep-08 14:46:59

I have been excused twice! Dead easy smile

MannyMoeAndJack Thu 18-Sep-08 14:54:58

Thanks for all your replies....cyber, is it necessary to get a doctor's letter or will my letter suffice? I have to reply within 7 days and I'm not sure it would be that quick to obtain a doc's letter...

cyberseraphim Thu 18-Sep-08 15:31:21

I just sent back the form giving the reason I could not go - the reason was not SN related but I never heard from them again - 3 times. I really don't think they would challenge a reason like yours

cyberseraphim Thu 18-Sep-08 15:34:34

I just thought doctor's letter would help if you were worried about what to say but really don't think it is in any way necessary.

magso Thu 18-Sep-08 15:42:03

I didnt need a doctors letter either. Just my own explanation.

PheasantPlucker Thu 18-Sep-08 17:14:46

I didn't need/send a doctor's note.

busybeingmum Thu 18-Sep-08 21:03:46

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platypussy Thu 18-Sep-08 21:18:44

My dad was excused for medical reasons - didnt need a doctors letter.

onlyjoking9329 Thu 18-Sep-08 21:42:13

i don't think you will need a doctors letter,
i go a jury summons the day my husband died.
i was excused not defered when i mentioned having 3 kids with autism.

MannyMoeAndJack Fri 19-Sep-08 20:04:27

Many thanks for all your replies, very helpful. I will add my ds's paed's contact details on my letter in case they want further information.

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