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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Introductory

    1. 1.Title and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation

  3. Qualification for jury service

    1. 3.Qualification for jury service

  4. Preparation of Jurors Lists

    1. 4.Preparation of Jurors Lists

  5. Empanelling of jurors

    1. 5.Selection of names

    2. 6.Form of panel

    3. 7.Inspection of panel

  6. Summoning of jurors

    1. 8.Summoning of jurors

    2. 9.Procedure for ascertaining attendance of jurors

    3. 10.Excusing of jurors

    4. 11.Discharge of jury summons

  7. Balloting of jurors

    1. 12.Balloting of jurors

  8. Challenges

    1. 13.Challenge to the panel

    2. 14.Challenges in civil cases

    3. 15.Challenges in criminal cases

    4. 16.Challenge for name not being on Jurors List

    5. 17.Restrictions on right of challenge

  9. Additional powers of the court

    1. 18.Selection of additional jurors

    2. 19.Views

    3. 20.Separation and detention of jurors

    4. 21.Continuance of criminal trial on death or discharge of juror

    5. 22.Discharge in civil proceedings

    6. 23.Refreshment of jurors

    7. 24.Excusing of jurors from jury service at end of exceptionally exacting trial

  10. Offences

    1. 25.Failure to fill up and return form of return

    2. 26.Defaulting jurors

    3. 26A.Restriction on disclosure of juror information or anonymous elector information

    4. 26B.Disclosure of juror information or anonymous elector information: lawful authority

    5. 26C.Interpretation of Articles 26A and 26B

  11. Miscellaneous and supplementary

    1. 27.Juror's oath

    2. 28.Payments to be made in respect of jury service

    3. 29.Certain formal defects not to invalidate verdict or finding

    4. 30.Regulations

    5. 31.Coroners' juries

    6. 32.Amendments, repeals and saving

  12. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      PERSONS DISQUALIFIED FOR JURY SERVICE

      1. 1.Any person who has at any time been convicted by a court in the United...

      2. 1A.Any person who has at any time been convicted of an offence and had imposed...

      3. 2.Any person who at any time in the last ten years has in the United...

      4. 3.Any person who at any time in the last five years has, in the United...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      PERSONS INELIGIBLE FOR JURY SERVICE

      1. Persons concerned with the administration of justice Persons holding or who have at any time...

        1. Persons concerned with the administration of justice

          1. Persons holding or who have at any time held any paid, judicial, or other office...

          2. Persons holding or who have at any time held any paid, judicial, or other office...

          3. Lay magistrate.

          4. Lay magistrate.

          5. Justices of the peace.

          6. Justices of the peace.

          7. . . .

          8. . . .

          9. The Chairman or President, the Vice-Chairman or Vice-President and the registrar and assistant registrar of...

          10. The Chairman or President, the Vice-Chairman or Vice-President and the registrar and assistant registrar of...

          11. Barristers at law and solicitors whether or not in actual practice as such.

          12. Barristers at law and solicitors whether or not in actual practice as such.

          13. Solicitors' clerks.

          14. Solicitors' clerks.

          15. Students of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland or of the Law Society of...

          16. Students of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland or of the Law Society of...

          17. The Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions for...

          18. The Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions for...

          19. The Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland and the members of his staff.

          20. The Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland and the members of his staff.

          21. Officers of the Northern Ireland Office or of the Lord Chancellor's Department.

          22. Officers of the Northern Ireland Office or of the Lord Chancellor's Department.

          23. Officers of the Department of Justice

          24. Officers of the Department of Justice

          25. . . .

          26. . . .

          27. Court security officers.

          28. Court security officers.

          29. Governors, chaplains and other officers of, and members of independent monitoring boards for, the following...

          30. Governors, chaplains and other officers of, and members of independent monitoring boards for, the following...

          31. The warden or a member of the staff of a bail hostel as defined in...

          32. The warden or a member of the staff of a bail hostel as defined in...

          33. Members of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland.

          34. Members of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland.

          35. Probation officers and persons appointed to assist them.

          36. Probation officers and persons appointed to assist them.

          37. ...

          38. ...

          39. Police officers and any other person employed in any capacity by virtue of which he...

          40. Police officers and any other person employed in any capacity by virtue of which he...

          41. Members and staff of the Policing Board.

          42. Members and staff of the Policing Board.

          43. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....

          44. The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and persons employed by him. .

          45. The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and persons employed by him. .

          46. Persons in charge of, or employed in, a forensic science laboratory.

          47. Persons in charge of, or employed in, a forensic science laboratory.

          48. Prisoner custody officers within the meaning of section 122(1) of the Criminal Justice and Public...

          49. Prisoner custody officers within the meaning of section 122(1) of the Criminal Justice and Public...

          50. Members and employees of the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

          51. Members and employees of the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

          52. Persons who at any time within the past ten years have been persons falling within...

          53. Persons who at any time within the past ten years have been persons falling within...

        2. The Forces

          1. Persons serving on full pay as members of any of the naval, military or air...

          2. Persons serving on full pay as members of any of the naval, military or air...

          3. ...

          4. ...

        3. Other persons

          1. Persons suffering from mental disorder within the meaning of the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order...

          2. Persons suffering from mental disorder within the meaning of the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order...

          3. Persons unable to understand the English language.

          4. Persons unable to understand the English language.

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      PERSONS EXCUSABLE FROM JURY SERVICE AS OF RIGHT

      1. Parliament Peers and peeresses entitled to receive writs of summons to attend the House of...

        1. Parliament

          1. Peers and peeresses entitled to receive writs of summons to attend the House of Lords.

          2. Peers and peeresses entitled to receive writs of summons to attend the House of Lords.

          3. Members of the House of Commons.

          4. Members of the House of Commons.

        2. Northern Ireland Assembly

          1. Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

          2. Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

          3. Officers and servants of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

          4. Officers and servants of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

        3. European Parliament

          1. Members of the European Parliament .

          2. Members of the European Parliament .

        4. Public officials

          1. The Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman.

          2. The Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman.

          3. Persons in the Northern Ireland Civil Service receiving a salary on a scale the maximum...

          4. Persons in the Northern Ireland Civil Service receiving a salary on a scale the maximum...

          5. The Chief Electoral Officer and persons appointed to assist him.

          6. The Chief Electoral Officer and persons appointed to assist him.

          7. The Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland.

          8. The Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland.

          9. The Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland and any Assistant Auditor General for...

          10. The Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland and any Assistant Auditor General for...

          11. Officers employed in any capacity by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise, or Commissioners of...

          12. Officers employed in any capacity by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise, or Commissioners of...

          13. Officers in charge of a head office in Northern Ireland of a department of the...

          14. Officers in charge of a head office in Northern Ireland of a department of the...

          15. Inspectors of schools.

          16. Inspectors of schools.

          17. Inspectors appointed under section 123 of the Mines Act (Northern Ireland) 1969.

          18. Inspectors appointed under section 123 of the Mines Act (Northern Ireland) 1969.

        5. Clergy, etc.

          1. A person in Holy Orders and a regular minister of any religious denomination.

          2. A person in Holy Orders and a regular minister of any religious denomination.

          3. Vowed members of any religious order living in a monastery, convent or other religious community.

          4. Vowed members of any religious order living in a monastery, convent or other religious community.

          5. Practising members of a religious society or order the tenets or beliefs of which are...

          6. Practising members of a religious society or order the tenets or beliefs of which are...

        6. Professions

          1. Professors and members of the teaching staff of a university or institution of further education...

          2. Professors and members of the teaching staff of a university or institution of further education...

          3. Masters of vessels, duly licensed pilots and lighthouse keepers.

          4. Masters of vessels, duly licensed pilots and lighthouse keepers.

          5. The following persons, if actually practising their profession and registered (including provisionally or temporarily registered),...

          6. The following persons, if actually practising their profession and registered (including provisionally or temporarily registered),...

        7. Persons aged over 70 years

          1. Persons aged over 70 years .

          2. Persons aged over 70 years .

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      CORONERS JURIES

      1. PART I MODIFICATIONS OF PROVISIONS OF THIS ORDER

        1. 1.Any reference to a court includes a reference to a coroner or, as the context...

        2. 2.Any reference to a judge (with or without qualifying words) includes a reference to a...

        3. 3.Any reference to a jury includes a reference to a coroner's jury.

        4. 4.In Article 5(4) and (5) “the Divisional Jurors List” includes a part of that list.

        5. 5.Articles 10(7) and 11(3) shall apply to rules under section 36(1) of the Coroners Act...

        6. 6.In Article 24 “trial” includes inquest.

      2. PART II AMENDMENTS OF CORONERS ACT (NORTHERN IRELAND) 1959

        1. 1.In section 18 (summoning of jurors)— (a) in subsection (1), for the words from “district...

        2. 2.In Section 31(2) (summoning of another jury where jury unable to agree), for the words...

        3. 3.In section 32(1) (power to arrange for removal of body to district of another coroner),...

    5. Schedule 5—Repeals

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