TN – Qualifications of the foreperson

Much has been made of the statement that the foreperson shall have the same qualifications as the other jurors, to suggest that the term qualifications include “not having been chosen to serve in a Jury in the last 24 months’. However, that is not a qualification.

1. Formerly, under T.C.A. § 40-1507, the grand jury foreman or forewoman had to be at least 25 years old in order to serve. This provision was repealed by Acts 1979, ch. 399, § 1, and replaced by Tennessee Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(g). Under the new rule, the qualifications for foreman are the same as those for regular jurors, resulting in a minimum qualifying age of 18 years. T.C.A. § 22-1-101 (formerly T.C.A. § 22-101).

Source: STATE v. BEAL, 614 S.W.2d 77 (1981)

T.C.A. § 22-1-101

Every person eighteen (18) years of age, being a citizen of the United States, and a resident of this state, and of the county in which the person may be summoned for jury service for a period of twelve (12) months next preceding the date of the summons, is legally qualified to act as a grand or petit juror, if not otherwise incompetent under the express provisions of this title.