Juries in NSW Essay

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Juries in NSW


The jury system plays a very important part in the running of the
courts. The jury system is needed in both criminal and civil cases.
There are advantages of the jury system as well as disadvantages.
However, the jury system is still very important to the justice
system.

The role of the jury in NSW

A jury is a group of people from the community with all sorts of
backgrounds, beliefs, religions, education levels and ages, who
listens to the evidence of the cases and helps the court to decide the
outcome of the cases. Jury duty in NSW is a very important
responsibility, providing a link between the justice system and the
community.

The role of the jury in criminal
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The jury will listen
to the arguments of both parties and come to a decision whether the
respondent should pay or not to pay the plaintiff. If the jury decides
that the respondent must pay the plaintiff, the magistrate or the
judge will decide on the amount of money that should be paid to make
up for the dept, injury, or damage.

Eligibility for jury service in NSW

Anyone in the community who is enrolled in the State electoral roll is
eligible to participate in the jury service. The jury system gives
people from the community a chance to participate in the justice
system. Therefore people whose occupation involves around the
government and legal system such as the governor, judge/magistrate,
lawyer, police officer or prison officer cannot participate in jury
service. Also people who has bee convicted of a serious crime or has
been sentenced to prison are not allowed to participate. People who
cannot read speak or understand English also cannot take part. If a
person has some kind of connection with the person accused, they must
step down. If a person participated in a jury service during the last
12 months, they will not be able to participate again for 3 years.

Jury selection

Jurors are randomly chosen by the NSW sheriff from a list of people
from the electoral role who appears to be eligible to take part in the
service. If you have been…