Tuesday, 27 January 2004

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Olivia Mitchell


863 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if a change will be considered to the Juries Act 1976, which describes deaf people as unsuitable for jury duty. [1375/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I am of the view that the wording used to in the Juries Act 1976 describing deaf people and others as "incapable persons" in the context of serving on a jury is dated. I have asked that the matter be borne in mind in the context of any future review of the legislation in question.