Barriers removed for Deaf Jurors

The government has announced that the law will be changed to allow BSL interpreters into the jury deliberation room. Up until now, BSL has been permitted in court but not in the jury room. This has  meant that in order to participate in jury service, Deaf People have had to lip read in the jury room.

The proposed change in the law will clear the way for the full participation of over 80,000 Deaf People in jury service.

Read a statement from the Lord Chancellor.

Read a statement from the Ministry of Justice.