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Jury Duty

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  1. Drakhan Nac Mac Feegle Gold Member

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    Done it twice.
    Once in Airdrie in Pedophile case and once in Aylesbury on a rape case.
    Guy found guilty both times.
    Can't do it now.
     
  2. .L.

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    Apparently you can claim for food and drink. You and him better get hitting all the most expensive places you can think of. Make the government scared to call him ever again.
     
  3. Tim-Time 1888 Always look on the bright side of Life Gold Member

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    Done it once and hopefully not need to do it again but if all you * keep skipping out on it will likely have to do it again :smiley-laughing002:
     
  4. Drakhan Nac Mac Feegle Gold Member

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    Expenses for Jury Service


    This guide explains the allowances which are paid for attendance as a juror. Information and forms are supplied directly to those attending to serve on a jury.
    Allowances are paid to jurors to compensate for of pocket expenses and loss of earnings or benefits. There are maximum amounts which can be claimed for different allowances. The rates are fixed by Scottish Ministers and are reviewed every year. The maximum amounts payable are given in this guide. There is no scope for any juror to be paid more than these maximum amounts.
    A juror may be entitled to six kinds of allowance:
    Travel

    This allowance is for the cost of travelling from your home to court. Please note: you may not claim travelling expenses from any address other than your own unless you have permission from the court in advance.
    The amount depends on whether you used public or private transport (please see the table below).
    Public transport

    You must produce your tickets along with your claim form as evidence of your journey. Please note that if you are travelling by rail, you will only be able to claim a standard class fare.
    Own transport

    If you have travelled by motorcar or motorcycle, you will normally only be able to claim the public transport rate of payment which is:

    • car or motorbike 31.4p per mile
    • bicycle 9.6p per mile
    If the clerk of court accepts that you used your own transport because there was no alternative public transport the rates are:

    • motorbike 33p per mile
    • car 47.1p per mile
    Please note: Parking costs will normally only be paid where public transport is unavailable or unsuitable for your personal needs.
    Taxi

    If you consider that you need to use a taxi, you must agree this with the clerk of court before you attend for jury service. The clerk of court will need to be convinced that no other kind of transport is available to you or that a journey using public transport would take an unreasonable time. If travel by taxi is approved, you must produce a receipt showing the fare which you paid.
    Subsistence

    Subsistence This allowance is for the extra expense of meals and other out of pocket expenses you pay while attending court. You cannot claim this allowance if the court has provided (or offered to provide) your meals or refreshments.
    Allowance for hours away from home/business

    • Up to 10 hours £5.71
    • Over 10 hours £12.17
    Loss of earnings

    For the period you serve as a juror, you are entitled to claim if:

    • Your employer does not pay you; or
    • You suffer financial loss - for example, you are self employed and have to pay someone to substitute for you while you are away.
    You can claim the actual amount you have lost on the basis of net earnings (after tax and national insurance have been deducted).
    If you are self employed Inland Revenue rules mean that this will be based on your gross earnings and you will be responsible for declaring the money you get along with your business’s other income.
    In both cases the amounts you can claim are subject to the following limits:

    • Less than 4 hours - £32.47
    • More than 4 hours (for the period from day 1 up to day 5) - £64.95
    • Whole day rate (for the period from day 6 up to day 100) - £129.91
    • Whole day rate (for each day following 100 days) - £230
    To claim loss of earnings

    You should first ask your employer to fill in and stamp the certificate of loss of earnings/benefit form. If your employer does not have an official stamp, another piece of evidence will be required before payment can be made (for example headed notepaper or an invoice). You should then bring the certified form to court when you attend for jury service, preferably on the first day.
    You may be able to claim for financial loss as a result of your jury service through your home or personal insurance. If you are self employed, it may be that your policy will cover the cost of hiring someone to run your business for you while you are attending for jury service. You should read your policy carefully to see if you are entitled to claim. It may be that this information can be found in a Legal Costs or Legal Protection section of your policy. Please read your policy carefully as different policies can have different terms.
    If you are self employed, you will need to provide evidence of your earnings, such as an Inland Revenue self assessment tax return or certified accounts for the previous year to support your claim. Without the certificate of loss of earnings being completed and the required evidence being produced, payment cannot be made.
    Loss of benefits

    You may be able to apply for loss of benefit if your benefit is withdrawn during your period of jury service. You should contact your local benefits office to advise them of the requirement for you to attend for jury service. If they tell you that they are going to withdraw your benefit during your period of jury service, you should contact the court to request a ‘Certificate of Loss of Benefit’ which you should ask the benefits office to complete. Without this certificate being completed and the required evidence being produced, payment cannot be made. Without this certificate being completed and the required evidence being produced, payment cannot be made.
    Childminding/dependent * carer expenses

    This allowance is for the extra expense of employing a childminder or a carer for a dependant *. If you normally employ a childminder or carer, we will only pay the allowance if court attendance means you have to employ him or her for longer than usual. Please make sure you and your childminder/carer fill in the certificate and enclose it with your claim (this will have to be at the end of juror service). The childminding/carer allowance is set by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.
    If you are claiming for a registered carer for a dependant * a maximum of £6 per hour can be claimed. If your childminder/carer is not registered we will only be able to pay £1 an hour per child/*.
    Other expenses

    You may be entitled to claim for any other unusual expenses. If you wish to claim for these you will need to agree this with the clerk of court before you attend for jury service.
    Please also make sure that you bring along evidence to verify these unusual expenses.
    Method of payment

    Following jury service a claim form should be completed and returned by post or handed in to the sheriff clerk's office. Payment will be made by cheque sent to the home address within 7-10 working days.
    Help to complete the claim form?

    Contact court staff where you served as a juror and they will be happy to help and answer your queries.
    Fraudulent claims

    It is a criminal offence to make a fraudulent claim.
     
  5. faw cough Gold Member Gold Member

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    Whats the maximum daily rate the * give now ?
     
  6. Drakhan Nac Mac Feegle Gold Member

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    • Whole day rate (for the period from day 6 up to day 100) - £129.91
    • Whole day rate (for each day following 100 days) - £230
     
  7. Drakhan Nac Mac Feegle Gold Member

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    The jury in the Hillsborough have probably been given, using the figures i just posted, approx £157,000 each just on loss of earnings if they meet the criteria.
    There is also other expenses to be added which could probably make each claim worth in total more than £165000 each.
     
  8. trip2themoon Concomitant Allez-Vous?

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    Got the form through the door years ago. I told them that I take a medication that I have to pick up daily and would need the time off to go and pick it up. They never got back to me.

    * them, I'm no going in to a night shift after a day in court. Heard it's a nightmare nowadays to try and claim back your lost earnings.