Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2022

Empanelling and summoning of jurors

55. (1) The coroner for the coroner’s district of Dublin may, in writing, request the assistance of the Courts Service and, in particular, that of the county registrar for Dublin, in summoning a jury for the purposes of a Stardust inquest.

(2) Upon receipt of a request under subsection (1), the county registrar for Dublin, using a procedure of random or other non-discriminatory selection, shall draw up a panel of jurors for a Stardust inquest from the register or registers delivered to him or her under section 10 of the Act of 1976 (omitting persons whom he or she knows or believes not to be qualified as jurors).

(3) The county registrar for Dublin shall cause a summons (in this Part referred to as a “jury summons”), in writing and in both the Irish and English languages in such form as the Minister may by regulations prescribe, to be served on every person whom he or she has selected as a juror for the Stardust inquest concerned requiring the person—

(a) to attend as a juror at the location specified in the summons for the reception of jurors for the Stardust inquest concerned on the day and at the time specified in the summons, and

(b) to thereafter attend at that location or such other location or place as the coroner for the coroner’s district of Dublin may direct, at such times as are directed by that coroner.

(4) A jury summons served on a person under this section shall be accompanied by a notice informing him or her—

(a) of the effect of sections 53 , 54 , 61 and 62 ,

(b) that he or she may make representations to the county registrar for Dublin with a view to obtaining a withdrawal of the summons, if for any reason he or she is not qualified for service on the jury for a Stardust inquest or wishes or is entitled to be excused.

(5) The county registrar shall endeavour to ensure that a jury summons is served on a person not later than 28 days before the date on which the Stardust inquest to which the summons relates is scheduled to commence.

(6) Every summons to attend at a Stardust inquest as a juror shall be served on behalf of the coroner for the coroner’s district of Dublin.

(7) Every regulation made by the Minister under subsection (3) shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as may be after it is made and, if a resolution annulling the regulation is passed by either such House within the next 21 days on which that House sits after the regulation is laid before it, the regulation shall be annulled accordingly but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder.