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Juries Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Juries Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 and shall come into operation on 1st August 1996.

Interpretation

2.  In these Regulations “the Order” means the Juries (Northern Ireland) Order 1996.

Form of return, form of summons and accompanying notices

3.—(1) For the purposes of Article 4(3) and (4) of the Order the Notice to Jurors shall be in the form set out in Form 1 in Schedule 1 and the Form of Return shall be in the form set out in Form 2 in Schedule 1.

(2) For the purposes of Article 8 of the Order the Summons to Jurors shall be in the form set out in Form 3 in Schedule 1 and the Notice to Accompany a Jury Summons shall be in the form set out in Form 4 in Schedule 1.

Arrangement of Divisional Jurors List

4.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2) the names of jurors contained in the Divisional Jurors List shall be arranged and numbered as they appear chronologically in the order of the list sent to the Juries Officer in accordance with Article 4(3) of the Order.

(2) The Divisional Jurors List for the division of Fermanagh and Tyrone shall be divided into two parts one part of which shall contain the names of those who reside in the petty sessions districts of Cookstown, Dungannon, Strabane and Omagh and the other part the names of those who reside in the petty sessions district of Fermanagh.

(3) The Divisional Jurors List divided into two parts under paragraph (2) shall be arranged and numbered so that in each part the names of jurors appear chronologically in the order of the list sent to the Juries Officer in accordance with Article 4(3) of the Order.

(4) In this Regulation “petty sessions district” means a petty sessions district specified under Article 11(2) of the Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(1).

Balloting of jurors

5.—(1) For the purposes of Article 12(1) of the Order the jury shall be balloted for in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) An officer of the court shall write the name of each person to be included in the ballot together with his address and any number allocated to him by the Juries Officer on a piece of card which shall be as nearly as possible the same size as all other pieces of card to be used for that purpose.

(3) In open court an officer of the court shall place the pieces of card referred to in paragraph (2) in a container, shake them together and draw out one after the other as many names as are required to provide a full jury taking into account all challenges and stand-bys.

Revocations and transitional provision

6.  The Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland listed in Schedule 2 are hereby revoked to the extent specified in the third column except in respect of Notices to persons on list sent to the juries officer and Forms of Return served before 1st August 1996.

Mackay of Clashfern, C.

Dated 2nd July 1996

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