Juries

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Qualifications

  • The qualifications are set out in the Jurors Act 1974.
  • Before the Morris Committee Report you have to be the owner of a house or a tenant to be a juror.
  • To sit on a Jury you must be aged 18-69, registered on the electoral roll and have lived in the UK for at least 5 years since the age of 13.
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Diqualification

You do not qualify for jury duty if you have ever been sentenced to:

  • Imprisonment, detention or custody for life
  • Imprisonment for public protection
  • Imprisonment or youth custody for 5 years or more

If you have had in the past 10 years:

  • Served any part of a sentence or imprisonment, detention or had a suspended sentence or had a suspended order for detention.
  • Had a community order or other community order.

You willl be disqualified for 10 years for any of the above.

You do not qualify if you are on bail.

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Mental Disorders/Health Problems

You do not qualify to become a jury member if you are classed as a mentally ill person under the Criminal Justic Act 2003.

If you have suffered or are suffering from a mental health disorder and because of that condition:

  • You are a resident in a hospital
  • You regularily consult a doctor for treatment
  • You are in guardianship under section 7 of the Mental Health Act
  • A judge has decided that you are not capable

The reasons above show as to why you would not qualify to be a jury member.

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