Jury Pool Expansion
Members of the public are being asked to submit comments to the office of the Attorney General on the Judicature Amendment Bill 2011, which is seeking to expand the list of persons who would be eligible to serve as jurors in the courts of the Cayman Islands.
Under the current regime the following categories of persons are exempted from jury service:
- The Governor;
- Members of the Legislative Assembly;
- Judges, magistrates and justices of the peace;
- Recognised pastors and ministers of religion;
- Persons on the roll of advocates and officers of courts of competent jurisdiction;
- Medical practitioners;
- Registrars of land and of births, marriages and deaths and persons who, by reason of poverty, are unable to attend; and
- Persons who have been convicted before any court of the Islands of an offence for which they were sentenced to a term of imprisonment and who have not received a free pardon in respect of the offence.
Input is being sought on the proposal to broaden the pool by removing some of the exemptions and also, instead of being only persons on the voters list, we are proposing that the eligibility to serve as juror be opened up to permanent residents and Caymanian status holders (with or without naturalisation).
This would be in addition to the other measures being proposed which will enable the age limit to be extended to 70 instead of the current 60 years of age; exempting only Attorneys who are actively engaged in litigation; removing the exemption for medical practitioners, registrars of land, births, marriages and death; as well as those exempted by reason of poverty.
Comments should be forwarded to Ms. Tesia Scott in the Attorney General's Chambers, 4th Floor, Government Administration Building or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 6, 2011.
For further information contact: Bina Mani