Letter: A fair hearing

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Sir: The proliferation of "rights" seems to be getting out of hand: no one has a right to be a juror ("Ban on severely deaf jurors is upheld by court", 10 November).

Defendants should be entitled to a jury in possession of all their senses, including hearing, sight, reasonable intelligence and common sense. I am sufficiently deaf to believe that, if I had ever been called for jury service, I should have asked to be excused because it would not be in the interests of justice to have a juror who could not be certain of having heard properly.


Dunbar, East Lothian