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Common questions

Can I leave the court if I am not selected as a juror?
What should I wear?
Does the court provide childcare facilities?
What type of cases may I hear?
What will my hours of attendance be?
Will lunch be provided?
May I take notes?
May I ask a question during the trial?
What if I feel unwell during my time on a jury?
What if someone needs to contact me urgently while I am in court?
Can I go home each night?
Can I ask anyone outside my jury for his/her opinion?
What should I do if I am concerned about the behaviour of another juror?
Other questions
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Can I leave the court if I am not selected as a juror?

When the jury has been chosen, the judge will tell the rest of the jury whether or not they may leave the court and if they will be needed again. You must stay in court until the judge says you can leave.

What should I wear?

While there is no dress code for jury service you should wear something neat and casual, in keeping with the general business environment.

Does the court provide child care facilities?

No. But primary carers of young children may apply to be excused from jury service.

What type of cases may I hear?

Jury cases are either criminal or civil. A criminal case is brought by the State against one or more persons accused of committing a crime. A civil case is usually a dispute between private citizens, corporations, government, government agencies or other organisations. The party that brings the case is usually looking for money as compensation for some alleged wrong that has been done to them.

What will my hours of attendance be?

If you are sworn to serve on a jury you will usually be required to attend between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. However hours of attendance may vary and are entirely at the discretion of the judge.

Will lunch be provided?

Yes but only for jurors serving on a jury.

May I take notes?

You may take notes if you wish but there is no need to write everything down as the judge will summarise the evidence for you at the end of the case. The notes can only be used in the courtroom and jury room. You cannot take them home with you. They are destroyed at the end of the trial.

May I ask a question during the trial?

Each juror must understand the case. Therefore, if you need to check something, you may write down a question and pass it to the foreman/woman who will then ask the judge.

What if I feel unwell during my time on the jury?

If at any point you feel unwell or distressed, please attract the attention of a court official. If your illness prevents you from attending at the court, you must obtain a medical certificate and have it delivered to the jury office before the start of court business.

What if someone needs to contact me urgently while I am in court?

In a genuine emergency your family or friend may contact the jury office and a message will be given to you as soon as possible.

Can I go home each night?

If you are serving on a jury you will usually go home each night. However, jurors may in some instances be directed by the trial judge to stay together during the deliberation process. In such cases, you will be accommodated in a hotel overnight.

Can I ask anyone outside my jury for his/her opinion?

No. Under no circumstances must you speak to anyone outside your jury about the trial. To do so may put you in contempt of court.

What should I do if I am concerned about the behaviour of another juror?

If you think another juror is acting inappropriately you must pass a note to the judge via the court registrar. You must do this before the foreman/woman gives the verdict.

Other questions

If your question is not covered in this section please contact the office that issued the jury summons.

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Juries Act, 1976
Who's who in the courtroom
Citizens Information
Offices and Maps section

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