Jury Service – 14th to 24th May 2012

A few weeks ago, I received a summons to complete my second batch of Jury Service at Reading Crown Court – my first time was in 2004.

Reading Crown Court (Wikipedia)

Whilst I’m clearly not at liberty to discuss any of the cases covered, I can reveal that there was a large amount of time waiting around for trials to begin.

Below are a few of my tweets during my time on Jury Service:

Overall, despite all the waiting around, I found the whole experience enjoyable.  I met a number of interesting people (Jamie, Liz, Debra, Stuart, Obed etc) from all walks of life and it was great to play a small role in the British legal system.

On my final full day of Jury Service, whilst sitting and waiting in the Jury Lounge, I wrote the following:

The trial of waiting

A murmur of chatter fills the room
All ages sit with varying degrees of patience
Some pass the hours with head buried in a good book
Older folk tend to chat
Youngsters remain largely in their own world – attached to technology
A few try to work, tapping away on laptops
All wait for inevitable news to arrive
The Jury Officer duly appears, a young man whose presence cheers the room
Sometimes he brings no news
Other times his telling of cancelled trials is greeted with silent glee
In silence the masses sit
A list of names is read aloud
‘No longer needed’, the lucky few collect their meagre possessions and depart
Eventually, names are announced for a new trial
Mobiles are placed in lockers in silence
Those selected depart to play their role in English justice
For those who remain the trial of waiting continues

This entry was posted by philhbray.

One thought on “Jury Service – 14th to 24th May 2012

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