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37Exemption for previous jury service

(1)If a person summoned under this Part of this Act shows to the satisfaction of the appropriate officer, or of the court (or any of the courts) to which he is summoned—

(a)that he has served on a jury, or duly attended to serve on a jury, in the prescribed period ending with the service of the summons on him, or

(b)that the Crown Court or any other court has excused him from jury service for a period which has not terminated, the officer or court shall excuse him from attending, or further attending, in pursuance of the summons.

(2)In subsection (1) above " the prescribed period " means two years or such longer period as the Lord Chancellor may from time to time prescribe by order in a statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(3)Records of persons summoned under this Part of this Act, and of persons included in panels, shall be kept in such manner as the Lord Chancellor may direct, and the Lord Chancellor may, if he thinks fit, make arrangements for allowing inspection of the records so kept by members of the public in such circumstances and subject to such conditions as he may prescribe.

(4)A person duly attending in compliance with a summons under this Part of this Act shall be entitled on application to the appropriate officer to a certificate recording that he has so attended.

(5)In subsection (1) above the words " served on a jury " refer to service, whether before the appointed day or later, on a jury in any court, including any court of assize or other court abolished by this Act, but excluding service on a jury in a coroner's court.

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