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Juries

Overview

Juries Act 1981, ss 17, 29C, 29D

A jury is a group of 12 people who are chosen at random to hear a court case (usually criminal) and to decide the outcome.

The main role of juries are to decide what facts have been proved and to apply the law to the facts. The judge decides on questions of law and gives the jury guidance about the law. The jury decides whether you committed the offence – whether you are guilty or not. The judge decides what sentence you will get.

Jury trials can happen in both District Courts and the High Court.

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