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Legal Love Actually: Irish judge excuses jury service man because he's in love for first time

By Aoife Kelly

An Irish judge is being praised online for excusing a man from jury duty after he revealed he had planned a long weekend away with his partner and it was his "first time in love".

The exchange from the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin, was relayed by journalist Sarah Jane Murphy on her Twitter account.

Her tweet read:

"Jury selection, CCJ, yesterday.

Man: I can’t serve; I’m away for weekend.

Judge: We don’t sit at weekends.

Man: I’m away till Monday. I’m 54, a bachelor & it’s my 1st time in love.

Judge: Then you GO and you GO with my blessing.

It was truly an epic moment"

Sarah-Jane revealed the man spoke hesitantly at first but then with more confidence when he delivered his reason for not being able to serve.

"The judge broke into a broad smile and the man walked away grinning," she said. "The woman beside me turned to me and said: 'Did I imagine that?'"

She added: "I had to force myself not to stand up and applaud."

Twitter users have been commenting that the exchange is like a scene from Richard Curtis' romantic comedy Love Actually.

"Is this the ending to Love Actually II?" wrote one, while another commented: "This honestly sounds like the ending to a film and it’s lovely!"

Another quipped: "Guilty of 'Love In The First Degree', perhaps?"

Irish Independent

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