You don’t expect to get a summons for jury duty while walking down the street, but that happened to a few people in and around the Cornwall Centre on Tuesday afternoon as the Sheriff’s office randomly served people during the noon hour.
The ministry of Justice says the judge in an upcoming murder trial did not get many showing up for possible jury duty when they received a summons in the mail so the decision was made to get possible jurors in this manner in a move which is considered to be very rare.
Justice spokesperson Drew Wilby says it is concerning that people did not respond to the original summons, and it is something they will look at.
As for those who did get the call for jury duty, Wilby says this is not a joke and must be taken seriously.
“This isn’t a joke. It’s a serious matter.” Wilby said. “It is the same as the normal jury selection as receiving a summons in the mail.”
Wilby isn’t sure why original jurors did not show up and says the fact many did not show up is concerning and is something that will have to be reviewed.
He adds this is a very rare occurrence.
“It’s not something that happens very often in the province but a judge is able if short of jurors or feel there is a need to bring people in to be selected for jury duty”. Wilby stated.
It is not known how many people ended up being served.