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Bob Neill MP congratulates Bromley couple on helping change the law
BROMLEY and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill has congratulated two constituents for helping change Britain’s criminal justice system.
The Ministry of Justice made a policy announcement yesterday (August 20) about how the upper age limit for jurors is to be raised from 70 to 75.
Mr Neill has explained how he investigated the possibility of extending the age range after a Bromley couple, aged 70 and 71, wrote to him asking why older people were unable to sit as jurors last October.
Originally the Ministry of Justice told him there were no plans to change the limits but Mr Neill arranged a meeting with the Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling.
The policy has now been updated (from 1988 legislation) to take into account longer life expectancies of today.
The plans should come into force next year but there will still be discretionary excusal, which means people can be excused from attending jury service if they have a good reason.
Mr Neill said: "Today’s announcement is a real victory for common sense thinking.
"There is no good reason why perfectly healthy and active 71-year-olds are deemed unfit for jury service and I think we can all agree that our justice system will be all the better for having more knowledge and experience in the box.
""It is also a victory for the local couple who first wrote to me in October last year.
"I was able to discuss their representation directly with the Lord Chancellor, who in turn has agreed to drive through this change in the law next year."
For more information, visit gov.uk/government/news/upper-age-limit-for-jury-service-to-be-raised
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