Can I Volunteer For Jury Service?

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
  • Maturity
  • Of sound temperament
  • A sound judgement
  • Reliable and comitted

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