Citizens for jury service are selected by the electoral role simply because jury selection needs to be completely random
Jurors are of a representative cross-section of the population of the area served by the court, hence hand-picked jurors would break the rules of ‘impartiallity’.
If you are interested in working with the courts but have no formal law qualifications – you can apply to volunteer as a magistrate.
Volunteering as a magistrate
If you are between the age of 18 and 65 you can apply to volunteer as a magistrate
Magistrates are selected from all ethnic minorities as well as wide range of backgrounds and occupations. Beoming a magistrate does not require any formal qualification or knowledge of lawful matters, but the selection process is generally based on the following qualities:
- Of good character
- Good understanding and communication skills
- Social awareness/intuitive skills
- Of sound temperament
- A sound judgement
- Reliable and comitted
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