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Monday 23 October 2017

Jury ban on deaf is removed

A "BLANKET ban" on deaf people serving on juries has been removed by the High Court.

As a follow-up to a landmark judgment delivered earlier this year, Mr Justice Daniel O'Keeffe made orders that mean that from now on a deaf person's ability to server as a juror will be determined by the judge presiding over each case.

Last July, Mr Justice O'Keeffe overturned a decision of the Galway County Registrar "excusing" a deaf mother of two Joan Clarke from jury service on grounds of her deafness after finding there is no "absolute" ban on deaf persons serving on juries.

Mrs Clarke, of Ashlawn, Athenry Road, Loughrea, Co Galway, who wanted to serve on a jury, challenged the decision.

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