If you’re over 65…

and you live in Scotland, you have something in common with people who have been imprisoned for 5 years or more, people who have been detained in borstal, and people on bail in connection with criminal proceedings.

You are “not qualified for jury service”.

I find this very ageist. Judges can go on until they are 75. In England and Wales, they are thinking about upping the limit over 70.

There is one good thing about the Scottish call-up: people with mental illness are disqualified only if they are detained in hospital or under a guardianship under the Adults with Incapacity Act. Both of these imply that the person is not competent at that time. In England, I understand things are rather different.

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