One in five people don't turn up for jury service

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 12 Apr 2021, 5:46PM
(Photo / NZ Herald)
(Photo / NZ Herald)

One in five people don't turn up for jury service

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 12 Apr 2021, 5:46PM

Fewer than one in five Kiwis to turn up for jury service, it's been revealed. 

Information obtained by Stuff shows that only around 19 percent turn up, with many finding all sorts of reasons to bail out of their civic duty.

One main problem was the $80-dollars a day compensation has little pull.

Crown solicitor Michelle Wilkinson-Smith told Heather du Plessis-Allan a lot of people write in and ask to be excused and others just don't turn up.

"For some people, it's a bit of an onerous obligation, or they're self employed or they can't get the time off work.

"For others, they don't actually like the idea of being on a jury, they don't want to get into that nasty world."

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