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The Juries (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Introductory

    1. 1.Title and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation

  3. Qualification for jury service

    1. 3.Qualification for jury service

  4. Preparation of Jurors Lists

    1. 4.Preparation of Jurors Lists

  5. Empanelling of jurors

    1. 5.Selection of names

    2. 6.Form of panel

    3. 7.Inspection of panel

  6. Summoning of jurors

    1. 8.Summoning of jurors

    2. 9.Procedure for ascertaining attendance of jurors

    3. 10.Excusing of jurors

    4. 11.Discharge of jury summons

  7. Balloting of jurors

    1. 12.Balloting of jurors

  8. Challenges

    1. 13.Challenge to the panel

    2. 14.Challenges in civil cases

    3. 15.Challenges in criminal cases

    4. 16.Challenge for name not being on Jurors List

    5. 17.Restrictions on right of challenge

  9. Additional powers of the court

    1. 18.Selection of additional jurors

    2. 19.Views

    3. 20.Separation and detention of jurors

    4. 21.Continuance of criminal trial on death or discharge of juror

    5. 22.Discharge in civil proceedings

    6. 23.Refreshment of jurors

    7. 24.Excusing of jurors from jury service at end of exceptionally exacting trial

  10. Offences

    1. 25.Failure to fill up and return form of return

    2. 26.Defaulting jurors

    3. 26A.Restriction on disclosure of juror information or anonymous elector information

    4. 26B.Disclosure of juror information or anonymous elector information: lawful authority

    5. 26C.Interpretation of Articles 26A and 26B

  11. Miscellaneous and supplementary

    1. 27.Juror's oath

    2. 28.Payments to be made in respect of jury service

    3. 29.Certain formal defects not to invalidate verdict or finding

    4. 30.Regulations

    5. 31.Coroners' juries

    6. 32.Amendments, repeals and saving


    1. SCHEDULE 1


      1. 1.Any person who has at any time been convicted by...

      2. 1A.Any person who has at any time been convicted of...

      3. 2.Any person who at any time in the last ten...

      4. 3.Any person who at any time in the last five...

    2. SCHEDULE 2


      1. Persons concerned with the administration of justice Persons holding or...

        1. Persons concerned with the administration of justice

          1. Persons holding or who have at any time held any...

          2. Lay magistrate.

          3. Justices of the peace.

          4. . . .

          5. The Chairman or President, the Vice-Chairman or Vice-President and the...

          6. Barristers at law and solicitors whether or not in actual...

          7. Solicitors' clerks.

          8. Students of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland or...

          9. The Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, the Deputy...

          10. The Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland and...

          11. Officers of the Northern Ireland Office or of the Lord...

          12. Officers of the Department of Justice

          13. . . .

          14. Court security officers.

          15. Governors, chaplains and other officers of, and members of independent...

          16. The warden or a member of the staff of a...

          17. Members of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland.

          18. Probation officers and persons appointed to assist them.

          19. A person appointed for the purposes of Article 7(6) of...

          20. Police officers and any other person employed in any capacity...

          21. Members and staff of the Policing Board.

          22. Members of the National Crime Agency and National Crime Agency...

          23. The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and persons employed by...

          24. Persons in charge of, or employed in, a forensic science...

          25. Prisoner custody officers within the meaning of section 122(1) of...

          26. Members and employees of the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

          27. Persons who at any time within the past ten years...

        2. The Forces

          1. Persons serving on full pay as members of any of...

          2. Members of the Royal Irish Regiment.

        3. Other persons

          1. Persons suffering from mental disorder within the meaning of the...

          2. Persons unable to understand the English language.

    3. SCHEDULE 3


      1. Parliament Peers and peeresses entitled to receive writs of summons...

        1. Parliament

          1. Peers and peeresses entitled to receive writs of summons to...

          2. Members of the House of Commons.

        2. Northern Ireland Assembly

          1. Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

          2. Officers and servants of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

        3. European Parliament

          1. Members of the European Parliament .

        4. Public officials

          1. The Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman.

          2. Persons in the Northern Ireland Civil Service receiving a salary...

          3. The Chief Electoral Officer and persons appointed to assist him....

          4. The Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland.

          5. The Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland and...

          6. Officers employed in any capacity by the Commissioners of Customs...

          7. Officers in charge of a head office in Northern Ireland...

          8. Inspectors of schools.

          9. Inspectors appointed under section 123 of the Mines Act (Northern...

        5. Clergy, etc.

          1. A person in Holy Orders and a regular minister of...

          2. Vowed members of any religious order living in a monastery,...

          3. Practising members of a religious society or order the tenets...

        6. Professions

          1. Professors and members of the teaching staff of a university...

          2. Masters of vessels, duly licensed pilots and lighthouse keepers.

          3. The following persons, if actually practising their profession and registered...

        7. Persons aged over 70 years

          1. Persons aged over 70 years .

    4. SCHEDULE 4



        1. 1.Any reference to a court includes a reference to a...

        2. 2.Any reference to a judge (with or without qualifying words)...

        3. 3.Any reference to a jury includes a reference to a...

        4. 4.In Article 5(4) and (5) “the Divisional Jurors List” includes...

        5. 5.Articles 10(7) and 11(3) shall apply to rules under section...

        6. 6.In Article 24 “trial” includes inquest.


        1. 1.In section 18 (summoning of jurors)— (a) in subsection (1),...

        2. 2.In Section 31(2) (summoning of another jury where jury unable...

        3. 3.In section 32(1) (power to arrange for removal of body...

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