Juries

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were successful in an application to be exempt from jury duty in each of the last three years.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The number of people who were successful in an application to be exempt from jury duty in each of the last three years was 99,873 in 2016, 107,417 in 2017 and 109,342 in 2018. Any request for excusal is reviewed by a Jury Summoning Clerk. Although a civic duty to attend if summoned, there are various reasons why it would not be appropriate for prospective jurors to attend jury service, including medical conditions, language difficulties and care for dependents.

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