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Juries: Mentally Ill

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on people undergoing treatment for mental illness serving on juries. (150338)

The relevant legislation makes it clear that persons undergoing treatment for a mental disorder are not qualified for jury service, and Sir Robin Auld’s “Review of the Criminal Courts of England and Wales” recommended no change to the exclusion of mentally disordered persons from jury service. However, we recognise that there are potential benefits in a change to the current arrangements, particularly of a social inclusion nature. The current eligibility criteria are in need of review, and we have indicated that we will consult on modernising them. We will make it clear in due course whether and, if so, how the law is to be changed.