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Cross-border diversity: trial by jury in England and Scotland

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In both Scotland and England, jurors aged between 18 and 65 are randomly selected from the electoral roll. A residency criterion requires the prospective juror to have lived in the UK for at least 5 years beyond the age of 13. Individuals who have previously been sentenced to 5 or more years' imprisonment and those suffering serious mental disorders are immediately disqualified. Persons closely involved in the administration of justice (such as judges, police, and prison officers) are ineligible while a further category of individuals in particular public service occupations (such as doctors, chemists, members of the clergy, and armed forces) currently hold the right to refuse to serve on a jury. Again, however, recent recommendations striving to improve the representativeness of the jury may lead to the revocation of this right (Lord Justice Auld, 2001).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding world jury systems through social psychological research
EditorsM. Kaplan, A. Martin
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPsychology Press
Chapter3
Pages31-46
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780203759813
ISBN (Print)9781841694214
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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