Current Uniform Acts
Uniform Jurors Act (1976)
1. Every person has the right and duty to serve as a juror unless disqualified or exempted under this Act.
2. A person is disqualified from serving as a juror who is
(a) not a Canadian citizen;
(b) not resident in the province;
(c) under the age of majority;
(d) a member or officer of the Parliament of Canada or of the Privy Council of Canada;
(e) a member or officer of the Legislature or of (the Executive Council);
(f) a judge, magistrate or justice of the peace;
(g) an officer or employee of the Department of Justice or of the Solicitor-General of the Government of Canada;
(h) an officer or employee of the (Department of the Attorney General) of the Government of the Province;
(i) a barrister or solicitor;
(j) a court official;
(k) a sheriff or sheriff's officer;
(l) a peace officer (or member of a police force);
(m) a warden, correctional officer or person employed in a penitentiary, prison or correctional institution;
(n) a spouse of a person mentioned in clause (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), (l) or (m);
(o) afflicted with blindness or deafness or a mental or physical infirmity incompatible with the discharge of the duties of a juror;
(p) a person convicted within the previous five years of an offence for which the punishment could be a fine one thousand dollars or more or imprisonment for one year or more, unless he has been pardoned; or
(q) charge with an offence for which the punishment could be a fine of one thousand dollars or more or imprisonment for one year or more.
3. Where the language in which a trial is to be conducted is one that a person is unable to understand, speak or read, he is disqualified from serving as a juror in the trial.
Grounds for exemption
4. A person may apply to be exempted from serving as a juror on the grounds that
(a) he belongs to a religion or a religious order that makes service as a juror incompatible with the beliefs or practices of the religion or order;
(b) serving as a juror may cause serious hardships or loss to him or others.
Exemption for person over 75
5. A person over the age of seventy-five years shall, on application, be exempted from serving as a juror.
(NOTE: The Act should provide procedures by which persons may claim and be granted exemption.)