In the Media

Fewer now exempt from jury service

PUBLISHED April 5, 2004

Judges, lawyers, politicians, vicars, bishops, doctors and peers will be eligible to sit on a jury from today.

Under the Criminal Justice Act 2003, all registered electors in England and Wales aged between 18 and 70, except people with a mental illness and those convicted of a criminal offence, must now serve on a jury if summoned.
Only those who can prove that they have "compelling reasons" can put off jury service or be excused.