Law 120 Trial Procedures Essential Learning – Students will be able to understand and evaluate the jury system. The Role of the Jury. Must be a Canadian citizen over age of 18 Must be resident of the province in which they are to serve for at least a year. Juror Qualifications.
Group of potential jurors called a jury panel
accused brought before judge and jury panel for arraignment to enter plea guilty/not guiltyJury Selection
The judge may sequester the jury for the entire trial. This means the jury is housed and fed away from home until they reach a formal decision – the verdict.
Jurors are isolated from families, friends and work and can communicate only with one another and the court officer appointed to look after their needs.Sequestering a Jury
Therefore, the verdict should be based solely on evidence presented in court.
In all trials, jurors are sequestered when they retire to reach a verdict.Purpose of Sequestration
If the jury falls below 10 jurors a new trial must be ordered.
Jurors may be entitled to a token payment for their services ($20 half day/ $40 full day plus meals & travel expenses)
Jury duty is considered a civic responsibility. Failure to appear can lead to a Contempt of Court charge and a possible fine of up to $1000.Juror Discharge, Payment & Failure to Appear Penalty
1. Why did Pietrangelo want to challenge for cause instead of making peremptory challenges?
2. Given the pre-trial publicity associated with this case, do you think it would be possible to find 12 impartial jurors in the community where the alleged offence took place? Why or why not?Case – R V. Pietrangelo(cont)