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Courts Act 1971

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34Attendance and service, and excusals

(1)Subject to the provisions of this Part of this Act, a person summoned under this Part of this Act shall attend for so many days as may be directed by the summons or by the appropriate officer, and shall be liable to serve on any jury (in the Crown Court or the High Court or any county court) at the place to which he is summoned, or in the vicinity.

(2)If any person summoned under this Part of this Act shows to the satisfaction of the appropriate officer that there is good reason why he should be excused from attending in pursuance of the summons, the appropriate officer may, notwithstanding anything in the Juries Act 1825 or any other Act, excuse that person from so attending.

(3)Crown Court rules shall provide a right of appeal to the court (or one of the courts) before which the person is summoned to attend against any refusal of the appropriate officer to excuse him under subsection (2) above.

(4)Without prejudice to the preceding provisions of this section, the court (or any of the courts) before whom a person is summoned to attend under this Part of this Act may excuse that person from so attending.

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