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My 66 year old wife has been called called for jury service

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My 66 year old wife has been called called for jury service in UK. She is absolutely terrified at the prospect of this as she is not a very outgoing person. Since receiving the letter she cannot sleep and the fear she has is becoming an obsession to the extent that she is not thinking rationally and is dismissive any other aspects of living normally. The prospect of going through this until mid February 2015 is quite honestly very worrying and I fear for her overall health and state of mind.
Can you provide any advice on how this call to jury service can be negated? I would take her place if i could but I have found out that I can't.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
Are you hoping to avoid it completely? If so, it is bad news I am afraid.

Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.

Can she get any kind of doctors letter to say that this will cause mental health problems?

Thanks. Jo
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I've thought of that but such a solution would be difficult as my wife has no history of such a problem and we don't have the time to wait for it. A response needs to be sent to the jury service "agency" tomorrow.

We will just have to muddle through this somehow.

The truth is that it is very difficult to avoid jury service completely. It is not a realistic objective I am afraid.
You can sometimes postpone it and you can almost always bring it forward. You have to show really sound grounds to do so like a pre booked holiday or exams or something similar.
The only way to avoid it completely is to provide medical proof that you are not fit enough to attend. That is an extremely high test. It would cover people who are literally lying in a coma obviously. People who are able to move around but have a conditional that may be worsened by jury service may be covered or may not. It depends what the note says. What is certainly true is that people who would just prefer not to attend are not. Nobody wants to do jury service. They all have better things to do but unfortunately it is a civic duty that the state requires of us all.
Either way though, if she is of the view that her health will not stand this then that is her only option. She will need to seek medical evidence to show to the jury officers.
I am sorry but I have to give you truthful information.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Many thanks for this very timely information. Seeing it from an independent expert has allowed my wife to accept that there is no way to avoid this and this is at least progress and we can work our way through it.

No problem and all the best.
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