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Vic CFO faces jail for missing jury duty

AAP logoAAP 11/01/2017

The CFO of a Victorian company faces an anxious wait to find out if he will be jailed for putting his business before jury duty.

Powerwrap chief financial officer Sean Slattery faces up to three months of imprisonment, or more than $4000 in fines, for not attending jury service in Melbourne last year.

Slattery appeared before the Victorian Supreme Court on Wednesday, which granted an application by the Juries Commissioner for penalties against him.

Slattery, who represented himself, did not dispute the charge against him and says work commitments prevented him from attending jury service.

The CFO said Powerwrap was on the verge of an initial public offer and he was required to meet with potential investors on October 12, the same day he was due to attend court.

But Justice John Forrest said the court "cannot operate on the whims of commercial interests".

Slattery had applied for a deferral of jury service, but this was knocked back by the Juries Commissioner because he had already been granted a deferral in May.

Justice Forrest warned Slattery that he was considering a term of imprisonment as punishment.

Slattery has been advised to seek legal advice before he returns to court for submissions about penalties on Monday.

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