The Juries (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

Link to law: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisi/1996/1141/contents

Introductory Text

Introductory

1.Title and commencement
2.Interpretation

Qualification for jury service
3.Qualification for jury service

Preparation of Jurors Lists
4.Preparation of Jurors Lists

Empanelling of jurors

5.Selection of names
6.Form of panel
7.Inspection of panel

Summoning of jurors

8.Summoning of jurors
9.Procedure for ascertaining attendance of jurors
10.Excusing of jurors
11.Discharge of jury summons

Balloting of jurors
12.Balloting of jurors

Challenges

13.Challenge to the panel
14.Challenges in civil cases
15.Challenges in criminal cases
16.Challenge for name not being on Jurors List
17.Restrictions on right of challenge

Additional powers of the court

18.Selection of additional jurors
19.Views
20.Separation and detention of jurors
21.Continuance of criminal trial on death or discharge of juror
22.Discharge in civil proceedings
23.Refreshment of jurors
24.Excusing of jurors from jury service at end of exceptionally exacting trial

Offences

25.Failure to fill up and return form of return
26.Defaulting jurors
26A.Restriction on disclosure of juror information
26B.Disclosure of juror information: lawful authority
26C.Interpretation of Articles 26A and 26B

Miscellaneous and supplementary

27.Juror's oath
28.Payments to be made in respect of jury service
29.Certain formal defects not to invalidate verdict or finding
30.Regulations
31.Coroners' juries
32.Amendments, repeals and saving

SCHEDULES

SCHEDULE 1
PERSONS DISQUALIFIED FOR JURY SERVICE

1.Any person who has at any time been convicted by...
2.Any person who at any time in the last ten...
3.Any person who at any time in the last five...

SCHEDULE 2
PERSONS INELIGIBLE FOR JURY SERVICE

Persons concerned with the administration of justice Persons holding or...

Persons concerned with the administration of justice

Persons holding or who have at any time held any...
Lay magistrate.
Justices of the peace.
. . .
The Chairman or President, the Vice-Chairman or Vice-President and the...
Barristers at law and solicitors whether or not in actual...
Solicitors' clerks.
Students of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland or...
The Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, the Deputy...
The Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland and...
Officers of the Northern Ireland Office or of the Lord...
Officers of the Department of Justice
Members of the Northern Ireland Court Service.
Court security officers.
Governors, chaplains and other officers of, and members of independent...
The warden or a member of the staff of a...
Members of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland.
Probation officers and persons appointed to assist them.
A person appointed for the purposes of Article 7(6) of...
Police officers and any other person employed in any capacity...
Members and staff of the Policing Board.
Members of the National Criminal Intelligence Service, members of the...
The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and persons employed by...
Persons in charge of, or employed in, a forensic science...
Prisoner custody officers within the meaning of section 122(1) of...
Members and employees of the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Persons who at any time within the past ten years...

The Forces

Persons serving on full pay as members of any of...
Members of the Royal Irish Regiment.

Other persons

Persons suffering from mental disorder within the meaning of the...
Persons unable to understand the English language.

SCHEDULE 3
PERSONS EXCUSABLE FROM JURY SERVICE AS OF RIGHT

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

Parliament

Peers and peeresses entitled to receive writs of summons to...
Members of the House of Commons.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Officers and servants of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

European Parliament
Representatives to the European Parliament.

Public officials

The Assembly Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland...
Persons in the Northern Ireland Civil Service receiving a salary...
The Chief Electoral Officer and persons appointed to assist him....
The Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland.
The Secretary and any Director of the Northern Ireland Audit...
Officers employed in any capacity by the Commissioners of Customs...
Officers in charge of a head office in Northern Ireland...
Inspectors of schools.
Inspectors appointed under section 123 of the Mines Act (Northern...

Clergy, etc.

A person in Holy Orders and a regular minister of...
Vowed members of any religious order living in a monastery,...
Practising members of a religious society or order the tenets...

Professions

Professors and members of the teaching staff of a university...
Masters of vessels, duly licensed pilots and lighthouse keepers.
The following persons, if actually practising their profession and registered...

Persons aged between 65 and 70 years
Persons aged between 65 and 70 years.

SCHEDULE 4
CORONERS JURIES

PART I MODIFICATIONS OF PROVISIONS OF THIS ORDER

1.Any reference to a court includes a reference to a...
2.Any reference to a judge (with or without qualifying words)...
3.Any reference to a jury includes a reference to a...
4.In Article 5(4) and (5) “the Divisional Jurors List” includes...
5.Articles 10(7) and 11(3) shall apply to rules under section...
6.In Article 24 “trial” includes inquest.

PART II AMENDMENTS OF CORONERS ACT (NORTHERN IRELAND) 1959

1.In section 18 (summoning of jurors)— (a) in subsection (1),...
2.In Section 31(2) (summoning of another jury where jury unable...
3.In section 32(1) (power to arrange for removal of body...
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