Maybe raise it with your local MP?
nolanz: How far away are you when you are on holiday? How soon can you respond to your contract if you are on the other island?
eracode: I would love to know exactly how they select jury candidates. I am 62 and have been summoned once - in 1974. Some much younger people I worked with were summoned several times over the last 5 - 10 years.
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mattwnz: Older people have far more life expericne and I believe are better rounded jurors.
2. Turn up in really old rumpled clothes. Don't shave for three days beforehand. Spritz youself with scotch or brandy before going in. Try and appear a bit unfocussed and when asked questions, misunderstand at least one of them badly.
alasta: Can they really throw you in jail just for not attending? I thought the penalty was just a fine.
I haven't had a summons for a long time, but if I were to get one now then I would write a long hysterical letter ranting and raving about corruption, political interference, etc. I figure that if they think I'm a nutter then I've got a better chance of getting off than if I made a perfectly reasonable request as others in this thread have done. This worked for a colleague of mine.
surfisup1000: I was considering flying to Australia and working out of a friends house as being out of the country seems to be a valid reason.