A juror's verdict
Wendy Lou Noble is called to the box
- By: Wendy Lou Noble
I recently received a summons for jury service, and I viewed the official document with total disgust. I could think of no greater waste of my time and thought that it must be a mistake; surely as a doctor I was exempt? It was not a mistake, though, and exempt I most certainly was not.
Changes to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 have made it increasingly difficult to avoid jury service. I asked my colleagues and discovered that none had yet served on a jury. Those who had been called had either written fulsome letters to explain why they were indispensable not only to the hospital but also to the universe at large, or else had persuaded colleagues to do this for them. All had been duly excused the evil duty.
I promptly sat down and wrote at length how as the lead clinician for the labour ward my presence