Juries Act 1981

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Version as at 21 April 2022

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Juries Act 1981

Public Act
1981 No 23
Date of assent
3 September 1981
see section 1

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


1Short Title and commencement
3Act binds Crown
5Jury districts
6Qualification and liability
8Certain persons not to serve
9Preparation of jury lists
10Jury lists sent to chief executive
11Currency of jury lists
12Access to, and confidentiality of, jury lists
12ARegistrar may amend jury list
13Summoning of jurors
14Inspection of jury panel
14ARestrictions on use of jury panel
14ABInspection of protected particulars of jury list information excluded from panel
14ACCounsel to inspect protected particulars, and exercise rights of challenge, for litigant in person
14BDeferral of jury service
14CFurther provisions relating to deferral of jury service
14DDeferral of, or excusal from, jury service of person subject to home detention for less than 3 months
15Registrar’s discretion and duty to excuse from jury service on particular occasion
15ARegistrar’s discretion and duty to excuse from jury service permanently
16Judge’s discretion to excuse from jury service on particular occasion
16AAJudge may cancel summons of person with disability or language difficulty
16AJudge may order removal of trial if no courtroom available
17Jury to comprise 12 jurors
18Selection of jurors
19Constitution of jury
20Swearing of jurors
22Discharge of juror or jury
22AConsequences of discharge under section 22
22BFurther provisions about discharge under section 22
22CProcedure if Judge sitting with jury on trial of criminal case becomes incapable of acting
23Challenge of juror for want of qualification
24Challenges without cause
25Challenges for cause
26Time for challenging
27Directions to stand by
28Court may order view [Repealed]
29Costs of view
29ARoutine sequestration on deliberation abolished
29BRetirement and non-communication
29CCriminal cases
29DCivil cases
30Payment of jurors
31Payment of fee for jury in civil cases
32Failure to attend
32AEmployees absent on jury service not to be prejudiced
32BIdentity and address of serving or former juror or prospective juror not generally to be disclosed
33Verdicts not affected by informalities
34District from which jury to be summoned for Court of Appeal [Repealed]
35Jury rules
36APurpose and application of 2012 amendments on jury service
36BPurpose and application of 2012 amendments on protection of particulars of jury list information
37Repeals and savings
38Application of temporary provisions in Schedule 2
39Repeal of temporary provisions in Schedule 2 and revocation

An Act to consolidate and reform the law relating to juries