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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Jury Service

Posted by davidburbage on December 14, 2007

In June I posted up my summons for jury service which was postponed six months.

On Monday I trooped off to Reading to await my fate – have  sat on a case, now completed. In case of stating anything that is not allowed, I won’t post anything about the case itself.

I was impressed with the smooth operation of Reading Crown Court. Despite having numerous cases on their hands which can be “For Plea”, “For Sentence”, “For Trial”, “Trial (Part Heard)” and a whole host of other legalistic reasons that a court is required, the movement of jurors, witnesses, lawyers and staff all happens in a well-oiled manner.

The jury I sat on was a good natured bunch and we had no unpleasant exchanges; we got to resolve our case after a few hours consideration. The inevitable “black cap” humour and jokes about small things that happened in court kept us all in reasonable spirits. You become very familiar with “your” seat, your waiting area and the habits of fellow jurors. Another juror said to me that they were impressed with “the system” – of English justice – and how it all worked.

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