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Mum has to front up to court with kids

Nov 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

A pregnant Wellington mum had to produce her sons to convince court officials she should be excused jury service.
Monique Watson of Johnsonville, who is four months pregnant with twins, was summoned for jury service at the District Court six weeks ago.
Suffering from severe morning sickness and with three children at home during the school holidays, she asked the ministry to excuse her from jury service.
Mrs Watson believed her letter to the ministry outlining her circumstances was sufficient but on Saturday she received a letter requesting her children’s birth certificates or requiring her to appear at the Wellington District Court on Monday morning.
Unable to contact the ministry during the weekend and with no time to send the birth certificates, Mrs Watson was forced to take her young sons to the court as evidence.
The three brothers were proof enough and she was excused.
Mrs Watson thought the trip was “educational” for her sons, but they weren’t too sure what was going on.
Although it was a hassle taking her boys into court, Mrs Watson said it was fair enough as anyone could say they had kids just to escape jury service.
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HARD EVIDENCE: Monique Watson's proof she is a mum - her sons (from left) Ozy, 6, Axel, 4 and Cosmo, 2.

A PREGNANT Wellington mum had to produce her sons to convince court officials she should be excused jury service.

Monique Watson of Johnsonville, who is four months pregnant with twins, was summoned for jury service at the District Court six weeks ago.

Suffering from severe morning sickness and with three children at home during the school holidays, she asked the ministry to excuse her from jury service.

Mrs Watson believed her letter to the ministry outlining her circumstances was sufficient.

But on a Saturday she received a letter requesting her children’s birth certificates or requiring her to appear at the Wellington District Court on the following Monday.

Unable to contact the ministry during the weekend and with no time to send the birth certificates, Mrs Watson was forced to take her young sons to the court as evidence.

The three brothers were proof enough and she was excused.

Mrs Watson thought the trip was “educational” for her sons, but they were not too sure what was going on.

Although it was a hassle taking her boys into court, Mrs Watson says it was fair enough, as anyone could say they had kids just to escape jury service.

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