Councillors say no to jury duty

WHETHER you love the days away from work or dread the decision making, most will be called on for jury duty at some point in their lives.

Well, most apart from police officers, the mentally ill, over 70s, illiterates, inmates, and politicians.

However, that could be set to change for our local councillors as the Queensland Law Reform Commission reviews its jury selection.

At this week's general meeting, councillors were invited to comment on whether or not they feel they should be allowed to serve on a jury and despite a division, the majority said they shouldn't.

There were mixed opinions round the table with Cr Vic Pennisi saying he believed elected officials had years when they were outside office to serve on a jury.

Cr Denise Ingram was in staunch opposition and said it was her right to be on a jury.

Cr Ingram and Cr Peter Blundell voted against the recommendation to submit against changing the legislation.



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