This note is not part of the rules, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These rules, which amend the Jury Rules 1990, come into force on 29 April 2013, which is also the date appointed for the commencement of Parts 1 and 2 of the Juries (Jury Service and Protection of Particulars of Jury List Information) Amendment Act 2012.
Rule 4 amends rule 8, which relates to the preparation of the final jury panel. New rule 8(1AA) prescribes the panel information. The panel information is the jury list information about a person named on a jury list and on a panel that must be included on the panel. New rule 8(1AA) therefore also determines the protected particulars of the jury information. Those protected particulars (which are the person's address) are excluded from the panel, but are accessible on a request for the purpose made to the Registrar by an eligible person under section 14AB of the Juries Act 1981.
Rule 5 amends rule 11, which relates to excusal from, or deferral of, jury service. The amendments arise from section 15A of the Juries Act 1981, which relates to the Registrar's discretion and duty to excuse from jury service permanently. Some of the amendments insert references to applications to be excused from jury service permanently. Other amendments insert references to applications for cancellation (as of right) of a permanent excusal on the grounds of age.
Rule 6 amends rule 12. The amendments ensure that the record that the Registrar must compile of jurors summoned includes details of permanent excusals from jury service, and of cancellations (as of right) of a permanent excusal on the grounds of age, under section 15A of the Juries Act 1981.
Rule 7 amends rule 13 to ensure that no jury card is prepared for a juror permanently excused from jury service under section 15A of the Juries Act 1981 unless his or her excusal was on the grounds of age and has been cancelled as of right on a written application by the juror for the purpose.
Date of notification in Gazette: 28 March 2013.
These rules are administered by the Ministry of Justice.