Older Uniform Acts

Uniform Jurors Act (1976)

(1976 Proceedings, page 182)

 

Jury duty

1. Every person has the right and duty to serve as a juror unless disqualified or exempted under this Act.

Disqualification

2. A person is disqualified from serving as a juror who is

(a) not a Canadian citizen;

(b) not resident in the province;

(c) under the age of majority;

(d) a member or officer of the Parliament of Canada or of the Privy Council of Canada;

(e) a member or officer of the Legislature or of (the Executive Council);

(f) a judge, magistrate or justice of the peace;

(g) an officer or employee of the Department of Justice or of the Solicitor-General of the Government of Canada;

(h) an officer or employee of the (Department of the Attorney General) of the Government of the Province;

(i) a barrister or solicitor;

(j) a court official;

(k) a sheriff or sheriff's officer;

(l) a peace officer (or member of a police force);

(m) a warden, correctional officer or person employed in a penitentiary, prison or correctional institution;

(n) a spouse of a person mentioned in clause (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), (l) or (m);

(o) afflicted with blindness or deafness or a mental or physical infirmity incompatible with the discharge of the duties of a juror;

(p) a person convicted within the previous five years of an offence for which the punishment could be a fine one thousand dollars or more or imprisonment for one year or more, unless he has been pardoned; or

(q) charge with an offence for which the punishment could be a fine of one thousand dollars or more or imprisonment for one year or more.

Language difficulty

3. Where the language in which a trial is to be conducted is one that a person is unable to understand, speak or read, he is disqualified from serving as a juror in the trial.

Grounds for exemption

4. A person may apply to be exempted from serving as a juror on the grounds that

(a) he belongs to a religion or a religious order that makes service as a juror incompatible with the beliefs or practices of the religion or order;

(b) serving as a juror may cause serious hardships or loss to him or others.

Exemption for person over 75

5. A person over the age of seventy-five years shall, on application, be exempted from serving as a juror.

(NOTE: The Act should provide procedures by which persons may claim and be granted exemption.)

 

Next Annual Meeting

2018 Conference (Centennial)

Delta Hotel

Québec City, QC

August 12 - 16, 2018