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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.
  • summons.
  • empanelment (serving on the jury).

The following brochures may assist you

The following videos may assist you

Download - Part 1 - Introduction to jury (MP4, 5.4 MB)
Download - Part 2 - Will I serve? (MP4, 8.9 MB)

Download - Part 3 - Who's in the courtroom? (MP4, 6.4 MB)

Download - Part 4 - What happens? (MP4, 26.2 MB)

Download - Part 5 - Summing up (MP4, 2.0 MB)

Download - Part 6 - Jury deliberations (MP4, 3.2 MB)

Download - Part 7 - The verdict (MP4, 2.1 MB)

Download - Part 8 - After the trial (MP4, 3.0 MB)

Jurors - when to attend

To check if your attendance is required:

  • select the law list for the relevant court location
  • check the details listed under the jury information heading.

If the law list has not been updated, contact the court on the number provided in your summons.

Last reviewed
25 February 2014
Last updated
21 July 2014

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