Imagine hopping down to the local shopping centre to pick up a new iPhone, or perhaps some Lululemon pants, and suddenly finding yourself serving as a juror in a nine-day sexual assault trial.
Apparently judges have the ability to issue spot court orders in to fill vacant jury seats. As in, if they spot you they can order you to serve.
The Canadian Press reports that a dozen Winnipeg shoppers were rounded up at a mall on Monday and forced to stand as potential replacements.
Justice Gerald Chartier had dismissed one member of his jury, and two alternates, for personal reasons and found his jury short-staffed. The obvious solution was to send a court sheriff down to the Gap and find a fill-in. He called the order “a form of conscription."
In the end, 11 shoppers were released and one was chosen to serve on the jury.
University of Manitoba law professor David Asper told the Winnipeg Free Press that the CriminalRead More »from Winnipeg judge ‘conscripted’ mid-day shoppers into jury duty