With the new measures introduced by the Western Australia Government, people will not be able to afford skipping jury duty.
On Friday, Attorney General Christian Porter announced the amendments in the Juries Act 1957, which included a fine worth $800 for not adhering to summons, an adjournment alternative to jurors, contraction in the extent of exemption from jury duty, heavy fines on employers for barring employees to attend jury service.
No exemptions from jury duty now exists for those stuck in emergency services, those related to religious occupations and health and health related fields, carers, pregnant women, ex-parliamentarians and ex-judicial officers. Also, there has been a rise in the age from 65 to 75 years for those who could perform jury duty.
In 2009-10, more than 49,000 of the 77,000 people, who were issued summons, were exempted and an additional 10% didn't attend court for jury duty. In the view of Mr. Porter, a sound representation of the community cannot be availed if 64% of the people summoned are relaxed.
As per the new changes, in case an employee is barred from attending jury duty or is expelled for attending the same, then the individual employer will be fined up to $10,000 and the Company up to $50,000.
Exemption is provided to a person, who has been imposed with more than one criminal conviction or three or more offences under the Road Traffic Act during the past five years. The jury service can also be delayed for up to six months on an individual's part.
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