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Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1975

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6(1)If, prior to the date of citation of the jurors for any diet, an order shall have been made directing that all the cases appointed for trial at such diet shall be tried by a jury or juries composed of men only, or of women only, as the case may be, the clerk of court may reduce the list of assize by striking out the names of the persons of the other sex from the list of assize, and it shall not be necessary to cite any of these persons as jurors.

(2)Where no such application as is hereinbefore provided for in respect of any of the cases appointed for trial at a sitting to which any list of assize applies has been made at the first diet, the clerk of court may forthwith reduce the list of assize to such number as would fall to be cited according to former law and practice. This he shall do by striking out of the list of assize the names of men and women, in equal numbers so far as may be, commencing with the names lowest on the list returned for each district, and only the assizors whose names remain on the list when so reduced shall be cited. Provided, however, that if intimation shall have been given of any special defence which shall appear to the clerk of court to be of such a nature as to involve enquiry into an issue which may be suited for trial before a jury of persons of one sex only, he shall, before proceeding to reduce the list of assize take the instructions of a judge competent to try the case.

(3)Where applications have been made at the first diet as hereinbefore provided for in any cases appointed for trial at any such sitting and these applications shall all have been dealt with and refused prior to the date of citation of the jury, the clerk of court shall, upon the refusal of said applications, proceed as provided in the preceding sub-paragraph.

(4)In all other cases (subject to the provisions of section 97 of this Act as to summoning only so many jurors as may be necessary), the persons whose names appear on the list of assize shall be summoned, men and women equally.

(5)Where, owing to change of circumstances, by reason of the withdrawal of charges or otherwise, after the citation of jurors the conditions are found to be such that if they had existed prior to the citation the provisions of sub-paragraphs (1), (2) or (3) of this paragraph would have been applicable, the clerk of court may thereupon, notwithstanding citation, proceed to reduce the list of assize as in these sub-paragraphs provided for, and to countermand the citations of those jurors whose names are struck out of the list when reduced.

(6)In this paragraph " clerk of court" shall mean and include the clerk of court of the second diet, and in cases in which the second diet is before a sheriff, the sheriff-clerk of the district of the court of the second diet, and in any case falling to be tried in the High Court, the Clerk of Justiciary.

(7)Jurors whose names are struck out in reducing the list of assize, or whose citations are countermanded as above provided for shall be liable to future service as jurors as if their names had not been included in the particular list of assize.

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