- 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.
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.
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.