HL Deb 24 October 1990 vol 522 cc1498-9

237 Page 122, line 16, at end insert:

'The Juries Act 1974 (c.23)

2C. In Group B in Part I of Schedule 1 to the Juries Act 1974 (ineligibility and disqualification for and excusal from jury service), after the entry relating to barristers and solicitors there shall be inserted—

"Any person who is not a barrister or solicitor but who is an authorised advocate or authorised litigator (as defined by section 92(1) of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990) and—

  1. (a) any legal executive or person corresponding to a legal executive; or
  2. (b) any person corresponding to a barristers' clerk or assistant clerk,
who is employed by such an authorised advocate or authorised litigator.".'.

The Lord Chancellor

My Lords, I beg to move that the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 237.

Barristers and solicitors together with barristers' clerks and assistants, solicitors' articled clerks and legal executives employed by solicitors are all ineligible for jury service. The Bill will provide in the future for persons who are not barristers or solicitors to become authorised advocates or authorised litigators. This amendment simply adds such persons, and certain members of their staff, to the list of persons concerned with the administration of justice who are ineligible for jury service.

Moved, That the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 237.—(The Lord Chancellor.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.