Law Reform Commission of Ireland Report on Juries
The paper proposes a number of changes to jury practices in that country:
- the existing blanket excusal from jury service of many professionals and public servants should be replaced by an individualised excusal "for good cause"
- no person should be prohibited from jury service on the basis of physical disability alone; and that reasonable accommodation be put in place for hearing-and-visually impaired jurors to assist them in undertaking the duties of a juror
- the Commission questions whether the number of objections to jurors without the need to give any reason for both the prosecution and the defence ("peremptory challenges") should be reduced
- the Courts Service should provide to jurors information explaining whythey should not carry out independent investigations or Internet searches about a case and should limit their decision to the evidence presented in court