Serving as a juror
Juries are made up of members of the public who are known as jurors. They are selected at random from the Electoral Register and for any citizen who is chosen to serve, it is one of the most important responsibilities that they may be called to undertake.
The jury system goes back many hundreds of years and is a long-established part of our legal system. Citizens from a cross-section of society are selected to hear evidence about a fellow citizen who has been charged with an offence. Based on the evidence presented to them, the jury is asked to decide if the defendant – the person charged with the offence – is guilty or not guilty.
For every juror this is an important responsibility and while you do not need any special skills or experience, you must be fair, impartial, willing to listen and keep an open mind.