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I have an upcoming jury service - its been deferred once and

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Hello I have an upcoming jury service - its been deferred once and is now set for 7 November. However, I think my business would suffer if I were to take two weeks out at what has become a particularly busy time. I am 50% of a two person business and am now sole breadwinner in a household that includes 2 children - are you able to advise on this and perhaps help me write an appropriate letter?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Are you hoping to defer again?

If so it is bad news I'm afraid.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I was hoping to - or be excused?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

There is no chance of a second deferral. You can only defer once.

Your only option is to apply for excusal but that is a very high test.

To be wholly honest, you don't meet the criteria at this stage. You would have to prove that two weeks off would have a literally ruinous effect. Excusal is much easier for people who are likely to be needed for trials that last up to six months.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Normally you would have to show literally unusual hardship rather than just mere inconvenience.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

You need to try to find something unusual about your application or it will be refused.

If you cannot then it will be refused.

Applications on the basis of hardship are pretty strictly scrutinised.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Looks like I'll be doing my jury service then. Many thanks for your help.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

That is probably right I'm afraid.

You may as well try though. There are no consequences for trying and failing.

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