Posted: 23rd November 2016
From next month, UK residents will be eligible for jury service until the age of 75. The current upper age limit for jurors in England and Wales is 70 but this latest change is seen to reflect the nation’s improved life expectancy.
The Ministry of Justice’s intention to increase the age limit was first announced two years ago. It is believed it will enable more people in retirement to perform their civic duty as well as making juries more representative of the communities they serve.
Around 180,000 people do jury service each year but the current age limit does not take account of improved life expectancy over the past 25 years. The increase in the limit will add a further three million people to the available pool.
This is the first change to the juror qualifications since 1988, when the age limit was raised from 65 to 70 by the Criminal Justice Act 1988. The new age limit will come into force on 1 December 2016.