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Juries (Scotland) Act 1826

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Juries (Scotland) Act 1826

1826 CHAPTER 8

An Act to amend so much of an Act of the last Session of Parliament, for regulating the Qualification and the Manner of enrolling Jurors in Scotland, and of choosing Jurors in Criminal Trials there, and to unite Counties for the Purposes of Trial in Cases of High Treason in Scotland, as relates to the Qualification of Special Jurors.

[22d March 1826]

WHEREAS an Act was passed in the last Session of Parliament, intituled An Act to regulate the Qualification and the Manner of enrolling Jurors in Scotland, and of choosing Jurors on Criminal Trials there, and to unite Counties for the Purposes of Trial in Cases of High Treason in Scotland, by which it was among other Things enacted, that as soon as a Roll or List of Jurors, qualified as therein directed, should have been made up and inserted in the General Jury Book, the Sheriff and Stewart of every County and Stewartry in Scotland should select therefrom the Names of all Persons qualified to be Special Jurors, in Terms of an Act passed in the Fifty-fifth Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the Third, intituled An Act to facilitate the Administration of Justice in that Part of the United Kingdom called Scotland, by the extending of Trial by Jury to Civil Causes ; and such Names so selected should be entered in a Book, to be called the Special Jury Book, to be kept in the said Sheriff or Stewart Clerk's Office of each County or Stewartry, and be open for Inspection in the Manner therein directed; and the Persons whose Names should be entered in such Special Jury Book, should be liable to serve as Special Jurors in all Civil Causes ordered to be tried by Special Jurors, and on all Criminal Trials as therein directed; And whereas in some Counties in Scotland & sufficient Number of Special Jurors, qualified as aforesaid, cannot be found; be it therefore enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That from and after the passing of this Act, every Person residing within any County or Stewartry in Scotland, who shall be infeft in and possessed of Lands and Heritages in any Part of Scotland, yielding the Sum of One hundred Pounds Sterling of Real Rent per Annum, or upwards, at the Time, and also every Person residing within any County or Stewartry in Scotland, who shall be possessed of Personal Property to the Amount of One thousand Pounds Sterling, or upwards, shall be qualified to serve as a Special Juror in Scotland, inclusive of and in addition to those Persons qualified to serve as Special Jurors in Terms of the aforesaid Act passed in the Fifty-fifth Year of the Reign of His late Majesty.

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