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Deaf woman sues State Government after being excluded from jury duty

January 15, 2017

A DEAF woman who was unwillingly excluded from jury selection has accused the State Government of discriminating against her because she would have needed an Auslan interpreter.

A State Government barrister has told Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal that the Jury Act prevented Gaye Prudence Lyons from effectively serving as a juror.

The State Government claims the Act does not allow an Auslan interpreter – a 13th person – in a jury room when jurors are deliberating, but this is disputed by Ms Lyons’ lawyer Phillip French.

In February last year, Ms Lyons received an email from Ipswich District Court deputy registrar Katrina Britton telling her she was excluded from jury selection under the Act.



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