Sadiq Khan will appear in court on Monday for the next two weeks.
The London mayor will ‘briefly step away from his role’ for the short future as he faces jury service.
I believe this will be the longest break from his normal duties (excluding holidays) since Mr Khan took office.
Khan said: “From Monday, I’ll be fulfilling my civic duty as a juror, having been selected for jury service,”
“Jurors have a vital role in our legal system, and it’s important that everyone eligible plays their part. Jury service depends on people from all backgrounds giving up their time, and when a jury reaches a verdict, it is not only making a decision that affects the defendant, but also one that impacts upon the victim and the communities in which they live.
“Although I’ll be on duty from Monday, I’ve made arrangements to stay in contact with City Hall and my team of Deputy Mayors throughout, and will work as usual in the evenings and on any days where I am not required for jury service.”
Any UK citizen can face jury services and could be fined up to £1,000 if they fail to attend.
Only those 18 years or older can be selected.
The Conservative party recently selected Shaun Baliey to stand against Sadiq Khan in the 2020 London elections.
Mr Bailey is determined to apply pressure against Mr Khan, saying:
“For someone who grew up in a council house in one of the poorest parts of London, securing this nomination is proof that our city truly is the place where anything is possible,”
“It’s why I’ve spent my entire adult life trying to repay its generosity, either through my 20-plus years of youth work helping to steer children away from a life of crime and towards work opportunities, or my current involvement on the London assembly, where I have done my best to hold the current mayor to account.”