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Jury duty excusal on placement

Just had jury summons and will be on an internship placement at the time of the trial. A mate recently got excused because his summons were during uni exams so I think qualified under "abnormal inconveniece" but this was with a special letter from the university. Should I even bother trying to get excused? How likely is it that it’ll get accepted. I am a student with no dependents, and this is in Scotland.
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Original post by blaztroid
Just had jury summons and will be on an internship placement at the time of the trial. A mate recently got excused because his summons were during uni exams so I think qualified under "abnormal inconveniece" but this was with a special letter from the university. Should I even bother trying to get excused? How likely is it that it’ll get accepted. I am a student with no dependents, and this is in Scotland.

You should be able to defer once. My daughter had Jury service which landed on her freshers week, so she filled in the times she was able to do, and shes doing it this coming June. My hubby deferred his because we had a holiday booked and already paid for. You could phone them up and explain the situation, and im sure the can explain if you can defer or not.
I emailed them and laid it on pretty thick that I had an ill relative in another country who might pass away in the near future, and said with respect that if I got that call I would walk off the jury regardless of consequence. Got a reply within an hour or two excusing me with no follow up queries.
You could ask but why is the Internship such a barrier - is it a very short placement?

Some employers encourage their staff to do their duties as a citizen and won't write excusal letters.
Original post by Anonymous
You could ask but why is the Internship such a barrier - is it a very short placement?
Some employers encourage their staff to do their duties as a citizen and won't write excusal letters.

Sadly, some will also end your contract if you aren't available.
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It's not a short placement and part of me also feels like I should do my duty. From the sounds of it you have to have a pretty good reason for it. I'll contact the placement organiser to ask, but thanks for all your advice :smile:
Original post by StriderHort
Sadly, some will also end your contract if you aren't available.

Oh, that's harsh and selfish of them.

Jury Service should be seen as a standard and typical responsibility. It's a shame they put their needs above public duty.

One of my past employers was very supportive and would not write excusal letters as it expected staff to do their jury service. Then again, it was in the public sector which has an emphasise on public service.

Im still trying to get my head around an organisation arguing that their low or no paid intern, the most junior member of staff, is so operationally important, that their absence would inconvenience them.

I've been excused Jury Service in Scotland 3 times due to it clashing with pre booked holidays and the courts tend to come back quickly with new dates.
Original post by Anonymous
Oh, that's harsh and selfish of them.
Jury Service should be seen as a standard and typical responsibility. It's a shame they put their needs above public duty.
One of my past employers was very supportive and would not write excusal letters as it expected staff to do their jury service. Then again, it was in the public sector which has an emphasise on public service.
Im still trying to get my head around an organisation arguing that their low or no paid intern, the most junior member of staff, is so operationally important, that their absence would inconvenience them.
I've been excused Jury Service in Scotland 3 times due to it clashing with pre booked holidays and the courts tend to come back quickly with new dates.

What I would say is all employers are not the same scale.

At the time I was working on an established seasonal contract basis with a small trader/gardener, it's not like my role can just be covered by other existing staff. If it was a day or so sure, he could have made arrangements but in my case it would have been a 6-8 week trial, there's just no realistic way he can keep my job open for me that long and I'd have been told my contract wasn't being taken up that season.

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