Produced in partnership with Tom Flavin of 25 Bedford Row

The following Corporate Crime practice note produced in partnership with Tom Flavin of 25 Bedford Row provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Juries
  • Who is entitled to serve on a jury?
  • How is a jury selected?
  • Appeal against refusal to excuse/postpone jury service
  • Accommodating a juror’s needs
  • Assessment of jurors' availability for long trials
  • Provision of information by a juror
  • Provision of information to jurors
  • Provision of information to a jury about the progress of a trial
  • Access to electronic communications by jurors
  • More...

Who is entitled to serve on a jury?

Section 1 of the Juries Act 1974 (JA 1974) states that everyone is entitled to serve on a jury provided that:

  1. the person is registered as a parliamentary or local government elector

  2. is not less than 18 nor more than 75 years of age

  3. he has been ordinarily resident in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for any period of at least five years since attaining the age of 13, and

  4. and he is not disqualified from jury service

The upper age limit for jurors was increased from 70–75 by section 68 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (CJCA 2015) which makes amendments to JA 1974, ss 1(1)(a) and 3(1).

Those who are disqualified from jury service are identified in JA 1974, Sch 1:

  1. a  person for the time being liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MeHA 1983)

  2. a person for the time being resident in a hospital on account of a mental disorder as defined by MeHA 1983

  3. a person for the time being under guardianship under MeHA 1983, s 7 (or subject to a community treatment order under MeHA 1983, s 17A)

  4. a person who lacks capacity, within the meaning of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, to serve as a juror

  5. a person who is on bail in criminal

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