Now, that's love actually - Judge lets man, 54, off jury duty after he falls in love for the first time

David Harding
The romantic gesture happened at a Dublin court (Rex)

Who says justice always has to be tough?

A judge in Ireland has melted hearts for letting let a middle-aged man skip jury duty because he was in love for the first time and wanted to go on a mini-break.

The romantic gesture has proved so popular that people are claiming it sounds a story line from a movie and even compared it to the comedy Love Actually and classic court drama, Twelve Angry Men.

The incident happened in Dublin.

It came to light after court report Sarah Jane Murphy took to Twitter to tell the heart-warming tale.

The incident has been compared to Christmas romantic classic, Love Actually, starring Hugh Grant, seen here at a premiere party for the movie back in 2003 (Rex)


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She was in the Criminal Courts of Justice as jury selection took place and recounted what happened.

“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”.

The incident came to light after being tweeted by court reporter Sarah-Jane Murphy (@sjanemurf/Twitter)

Her message has now been re-tweeted more than 2,000 times.

The Irish Independent then reported that the incident provoked plenty of discussion in the court afterwards.

“The judge broke into a broad smile and the man walked away grinning. The woman beside me turned to me and said, ‘Did I imagine that?'” the paper reported Sarah-Jane as saying.