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A senior judge has revealed he was excused from jury service, because he was due to preside over the case in question.
Keith Cutler, the resident judge of Winchester and Salisbury, said he was surprised when he got the call up.
But his reason for not doing his duty was initially rejected when he contacted the Jury Central Summoning Bureau directly to explain.
He told a jury: "I was selected for jury service here at Salisbury Crown Court for a trial starting 23 April.
The judge added: "I would have liked to have done the jury service to see what it was like and whether I would have liked the judge.". »