Law change opens door to Deaf jurors | Hillingdon Today

Deaf people requiring the use of a sign language interpreter will be allowed to take part in jury service for the first time.

Current laws strictly prohibit anyone beyond the 12 sworn jurors from entering jury deliberation rooms. This is to safeguard against outside influence. However, it means that an interpreter would be deemed an unlawful ‘13th person’, thus preventing those who require their assistance from participating in this important civic duty.

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