A woman hoping to be Australia's first deaf juror is having her discrimination case heard by the High Court in Brisbane this afternoon.
Gaye Lyons, who is profoundly deaf, took action after being excluded from an Ipswich District Court jury in 2012.
The 60-year-old alleged she had been discriminated against by the Queensland Government by the refusal to provide her with an Auslan interpreter so she could perform her civic duty as a juror. The retiree, who at the time worked for Deaf Australia, has been in a four-year legal battle to win the case.
She sued the State in the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2015 and lost. So she took the matter to Canberra, winning an application for Special Leave to Appeal to the High Court. The unprecedented case will determine if the hearing-impaired have the right to serve on a jury or not.