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Jury Service

Purpose: To draw barristers' attention to issues relating to being called for Jury Service
Scope of application: All practising barristers
Issued by: The Ethics Committee
First reviewed: 01/07/2015
Last reviewed: 26/05/2020
Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4

Criminal Justice Act 2003 s21 came into force on 5 April 2004. The effect is that members of the Bar are no longer entitled to be excused from jury service as of right.


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Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.

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