Juries Act 1974

  1. Introductory Text

  2. 1. Qualification for jury service.

  3. 2. Summoning.

  4. 3. Electoral register as basis of jury selection.

  5. 4. Withdrawal or alteration of summonses.

  6. 5. Panels.

  7. 6. Summoning in exceptional circumstances.

  8. 7. Attendance and service.

  9. 8. Excusal for previous jury service.

  10. 9. Excusal for certain persons and discretionary excusal.

  11. 9A. Discretionary deferral.

  12. 9B. Discharge of summonses to disabled persons only if incapable of acting effectively as a juror.

  13. 10. Discharge of summonses in case of doubt as to capacity to act effectively as a juror.

  14. 11. The ballot and swearing of jurors.

  15. 12. Challenge.

  16. 13. Separation.

  17. 14. Views.

  18. 15. Refreshment.

  19. 16. Continuation of criminal trial on death or discharge of juror.

  20. 17. Majority verdicts.

  21. 18. Judgments: stay or reversal.

  22. 19. Payment for jury service.

  23. 20. Offences.

  24. 21. Supplemental.

  25. 22. Consequential amendments, savings and repeals.

  26. 23. Short title, interpretation, commencement and extent.

  27. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Ineligibility and Disqualification for and Excusal from Jury Service

      1. Part I Persons Ineligible

        1. Group A

          1. The Judiciary

            1. Holders of high judicial office within the meaning of the...

            2. Circuit judges and Recorders.

            3. Masters of the Supreme Court.

            4. Registrars and assistant registrars of any court.

            5. District Judges (Magistrates’ Courts).

            6. Justices of the peace.

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

            8. A person who has at any time been a person...

        2. Group B

          1. Others concerned with administration of justice

            1. Barristers and solicitors, whether or not in actual practice as...

        3. Group C

          1. The clergy, etc.

            1. A man in holy orders.

            2. A regular minister of any religious denomination.

            3. A vowed member of any religious order living in a...

        4. Group D

          1. Mentally disordered persons

            1. A person who suffers or has suffered from mental illness,...

      2. Part II PERSONS DISQUALIFIED

        1. A person who has at any time been sentenced in...

      3. Part III PERSONS EXCUSABLE AS OF RIGHT

        1. General

          1. Persons more than sixty-five years of age.

        2. Parliament

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

          2. Members of the House of Commons.

          3. Officers of the House of Lords.

          4. Officers of the House of Commons.

        3. Scottish Parliament and Scottish Executive

          1. Members of the Scottish Parliament.

          2. Members of the Scottish Executive.

          3. Junior Scottish Ministers.

        4. European Parliament

          1. Members of the European Parliament.

        5. National Assembly for Wales

          1. Members of the National Assembly for Wales.

          2. The Auditor General for Wales.

        6. Public Officials

          1. The Auditor General for Scotland.

        7. The Forces

          1. Full-time serving members of—

          2. any of Her Majesty’s naval, military or air forces,

          3. . . .

          4. . . . , . . . .

          5. (A person excusable under this head shall be under no...

        8. Medical and other similar professions

          1. The following, if actually practising their profession and registered (including...

          2. medical practitioners,

          3. dentists,

          4. nurses,

          5. midwives,

          6. veterinary surgeons and veterinary practitioners,

          7. pharmaceutical chemists.

        9. Members of certain religious bodies

          1. A practising member of a religious society or order the...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      1. . . . . . . . . . ....

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Repeals