Are you disqualified or exempt from being a juror?

The Jury Act allows for some people to be disqualified from serving as a juror.

It also allows for people to request to be exempted from jury service, based on certain circumstances.

When you respond to your summons, you can request an exemption or claim a disqualification if you think you meet the criteria.

Just because you request an exemption or disqualification, it may not be granted. BC Sheriff Services, who manage the jury process in British Columbia, will review your request and make a decision.

If you are granted an exemption or are disqualified, you will not be required to serve as a juror and will not need to attend the jury selection process.

Who is disqualified?

Examples of people who are disqualified include:

  • Non-residents of British Columbia
  • Individuals who are not Canadian citizens
  • Those under the age of 19
  • Police officers, lawyers or employees of certain government agencies
  • Those charged with committing a crime that could result in a fine of more than $2,000 or imprisonment for one year or more
  • Those convicted of a crime within the previous five years where you were imprisoned for one year or more or where there could be a fine of more than $2,000

Exemptions:

BC Sheriff Services may give an exemption for the following reasons:

  • if you have health issues that will interfere with your role as a juror
  • if you are a full-time student
  • if you belong to a religion or a religious order that makes service as a juror incompatible with the beliefs or practices of the religion or order
  • if you would suffer serious hardship
  • if you are limited in your ability to speak English
  • if you have firm travel or vacation plans that conflict with the jury selection or trial dates

For detailed information on exemption or disqualification criteria, review the package included in your jury summons.