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Persons Excusable from Jury Service as of Right

Below is a list of persons who are excusable from Jury Service as of right.


  • Peers and Peeresses entitled to receive writs of summons to attend the House of Lords.
  • Members of the House of Commons.

Northern Ireland Assembly

  • Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
  • Officers and servants of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Scottish Parliament and Scottish Executive

  • Members of the Scottish Parliament.
  • Members of the Scottish Executive.
  • Junior Scottish Ministers.



European Parliament

  • Representatives to the European Parliament.


Public Officials

  • The Assembly Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints.
  • Persons in the Northern Ireland Civil Service receiving a salary on a scale the maximum of which is not lower than the maximum of the Grade 5 scale.
  • The Chief Electoral Officer and persons appointed to assist him.
  • The Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland.
  • The Auditor General for Scotland.
  • The Secretary and any Director of the Northern Ireland Audit Office.
  • Officers employed in any capacity by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise, or Commissioners of Inland Revenue.
  • Officers in charge of a head office in Northern Ireland of a department of the Government of the United Kingdom.
  • Inspectors of schools.
  • Inspectors appointed under section 123 of the Mines Act (Northern Ireland ) 1969.

Clergy, etc

  • A person in Holy Orders and a regular minister of any religious denomination.
  • Vowed members of any religious order living in a monastery, convent or other religious community.
  • Practising members of a religious society or order the tenets or beliefs of which are incompatible with jury service.


  • Professors and members of the teaching staff of a university or institution of further education and fulltime teachers in any school.
  • Masters of vessels, duly licensed pilots and lighthouse keepers.
  • The following persons, if actually practising their profession and registered (including provisionally or temporarily registered), enrolled or certified under the statutory provisions relating to that profession -
    • medical practitioners (as registered with the general medical council);
    • dentists;
    • nurses;
    • midwives;
    • veterinary surgeons and veterinary practitioners;
    • pharmaceutical chemists.

Persons aged between 70 years and over. 

  • Persons aged between 65 and 70 years.