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Raise age limit for jury service, says MSP

21 August 2007

The lawyer and Conservative MSP David McLetchie has called for a change in the law to allow the over 65s to sit on juries.

Currently, anyone over that age is excluded from service – a limit Mr McLetchie says is outdated and ageist. He also argues that excluding older people denies their expertise and experience.

Another point in favour of raising the age limit, the Edinburgh Pentlands MSP argues, is that those who have retired are more likely to have the time to sit on a jury and would not have to make alternative arrangements for work and family.

The Scottish Executive has said that it will be considering the age limit as part of its legal system review.