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Thursday, 3 September 2009

Exemptions from serving as a juror

Most people aged between 18 and 70 can be summoned as a juror. However, some people are not qualified for jury service.

Jury service

If you are in any doubt whether the following list applies to you, talk to your doctor or ask a family member or friend to explain it to you.

You don't qualify for jury service if you suffer from, or have suffered from a mental disorder/mental health problem and because of that condition:

  • you are currently a resident in a hospital or other similar institution
  • you regularly visit a medical practitioner for treatment
  • you are in guardianship under section 7 of the Mental Health Act 1983
  • a judge has decided that you are not capable of managing and administering your property or affairs because of mental disorder/mental health problem

If you have been called for jury service and need more information, contact the Jury Central Summoning Bureau:

Jury Summoning, Freepost LON 19669, Pocock Street, London SE1 0YG

Telephone: 0845 8038003 (Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm) Calls are charged at local rate.


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