Information for jurors
Supreme and District Court
Juries are an integral part of our legal system and are used in most criminal cases and some civil cases in both the Supreme and District Courts in Queensland.
Jurors are ordinary citizens aged between 18 and 70 years who:
- come from all walks of life.
- may not have any legal knowledge.
They do not have to decide on questions of law, or what sentence a guilty person should receive.
Juries listen to the evidence in court cases and decide whether or not the defendant is guilty or not guilty (or, in civil cases, who is at fault).
A jury is usually made up of 12 men and women selected at random.
The process for jury selection is as follows:
- random selection from the electoral roll by computer.
- notification by way of a Questionnaire to prospective juror.
- empanelment (serving on the jury).
The following information may assist you
- Guide to jury deliberations
- Juror's handbook
- Queensland's criminal courts system
- Fast facts about the jury system
- Jury trivia: test your classmates
- Strange but true: jury stories through the ages
- Guilty or not guilty? You be the jury
The following videos may assist you
Download - Part 1 -
Introduction to jury
Download - Part 2 - Will I serve?
Download - Part 3 - Who's in the courtroom?
Download - Part 4 - What happens?
Download - Part 5 - Summing up
Download - Part 6 - Jury deliberations
Download - Part 7 - The verdict
Download - Part 8 - After the trial