Discrimination's being alleged in new rules governing jury trials.
New Zealand First's taken umbrage at a Bill passed into law last night that clears the way for people over 65 to be able to permanently excuse themselves from jury service.
MP Dennis O'Rourke says the move is ageism and shouldn't be encouraged.
"Ageism is rife in the community, and this act will further entrench it."
Mr O'Rourke says those over 65 have a wealth of life experience to offer, which makes them more valuable as a juror.
Green MP Julie-Ann Genter believes further reforms of juries are needed.
"We are going to have to do a lot of thinking - how we make it possible, and attractive for people of all ages to serve on juries. So that we do continue to have this right to be judged by a jury of our peers."
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