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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Jury Jooty

Stuff has a piece bemoaning the invasion of New Zild's juries by beneficiaries and superannuitants!

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3317482a11,00.html

Much hand wringing and learned comment from eagles and polies. Funny how no-one seems to have noticed that the 'new improved' rate of pay equates with about what a superannuitant or beneficiary might receive. Even funnier how only 20% of those called actually turn up.

Seems beyond the wit of man to understand that a person on a salary of $70k might find all sorts of reasons to 'not do his duty' when his duty involves a commitment to unlimited time on an income of $15k while the bank manager holds out his hand for the mortgage payment.

If we can afford to pay 3,000 million dollars a year for a bit of CO2 then we surely can afford to pay jurors $200 per day.

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 6/18/2005 11:49:00 AM

8 Comments:

Blogger Lucyna said...

I was just reading this in the Dom Post. My favourite bit was:

In the same period, the number of beneficiaries on juries has tripled to more than 700 a year, and one lawyer claims the increases have "reduced the pool of available common sense".

Now just stand back and wait for beneficiaries to get all huffy.

6/18/2005 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger Kent Brockman said...

And I thought beneficiary numbers had declined so dramatically because of the wisdom of our glorious leader.

6/18/2005 03:43:00 PM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

No Kent. They are just too sick to work.

6/18/2005 04:32:00 PM  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

Not sick enough to commit robberies, assault, conduct vigilante justice etc Adolf...

I was called up to Jury duty earlier this year the week before I had to go back to Uni. I politely told them to get stuffed as I had better things to do with my time (like earning money to pay for books and transport). I certainly didn't want to get in a situation where I was stuck in a court case when I was supposed to be in lectures.

6/18/2005 09:10:00 PM  
Blogger Gooner said...

We could have professional juries. Say a pool of 500 who are paid a salary to be jurors. They could travel the country etc. Imagine the stories they could tell. Be cheaper too I reckon.

6/18/2005 09:18:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

But the juriors wouldn't be peers, Gooner.

6/18/2005 09:39:00 PM  
Blogger Gooner said...

They would if they were representative (ie mixture of race, creed, gender etc).

6/18/2005 10:46:00 PM  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

I couldn't afford to sit on a jury. Period.

Why don't they pay people on a jury just the amount of money they would earn otherwise?

6/20/2005 09:08:00 AM  

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