One of the cornerstones of any democracy is its criminal justice system, and more importantly, the rights of anyone accused of a crime. They have the right to a fair trial, and to be represented by a criminal lawyer, to name but two of those rights.
The trial system also allows for those accused to be found guilty or not guilty by a jury of their peers. In other words, those sitting on a jury who make the decisions with regards to someone’s guilt are ordinary citizens.
For most people, serving on a jury is the only time they ever see the inside of a courtroom, unless of course, they have a career within the legal system, or, unfortunately, decide to commit a crime, are caught, and sent for trial. For those of you for which those two scenarios do not apply, let us take a more detailed look at jury service and who can serve on a jury.
You may be liable to serve on a jury if you are registered to vote. However, there are certain circumstances under which you may not be eligible. Anyone over the age of 75 does not need to serve, and there are several occupations that are also not liable to serve. These are mostly occupations within the legal system with examples being court offices, legal practitioners, and certain members of the police force.