Multiculturalism, Representation and Integration: Citizenship Requirements for Jury Service
(2012) 35 Dublin University Law Journal 148
19 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2015
Date Written: 2012
This article examines the practice of restricting jury service to citizens. While some jurisdictions, such as the United Kingdom and New Zealand, base jury eligibility on permanent residency status, others, such as Ireland and the United States limit it to citizens. This article examines sets out two principal arguments in favour of abolishing citizenship requirements. First, the need to ensure that juries are broadly representative of the community from which they are drawn. Secondly, the need to promote integration more generally, particularly as Western societies become increasingly multicultural. The article also considers specifically Irish constitutional and historical reasons why this citizenship requirement is difficult to justify.
Keywords: jury, citizenship, jury eligibility, jury service, Ireland, Irish jury laws, comparative jury laws, criminal justice system, Irish Constitution, multiculturalism, diversity, immigration, language
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