Supreme Court of Tasmania


JURORS

On 1 January 2006 the Juries Act 2003 came into force and repealed the Jury Act 1899. The information on the Jurors pages of this site has been rewritten to reflect the changes brought in by the new Act.

The jury is an important and integral part of the Judicial System and provides the link between the community and the Criminal Justice System.

Jury service is a vital component of civic participation in our democracy and for many people is the most direct contact they will have with this important community function.

The jury database is sourced from the Electoral Roll maintained by the Tasmanian Electoral Office, with jurors being selected at random by computer.

A criminal jury is a group of twelve people randomly chosen to decide if an accused person is guilty or not guilty of a crime. If the trial is a lengthy one, up to two reserve jurors may be sworn.

A civil jury is a group of seven people randomly chosen to decide liability in a civil case and in some cases assess damages. If the trial is a lengthy one up to two reserve jurors may be sworn.

The authorities for trial by jury are contained in the following legislation:-

  • Section 80 of the Australian Constitution provides for trial by jury in respect of an Indictable offence against the laws of the Commonwealth.
  • Section 361 of the Criminal Code Act 1924 (Tas) provides for trial by Jury in respect of an indictable offence against the laws of the State of Tasmania.
  • Sections 29, 30 and 31 of the Supreme Court Civil Procedure Act 1932 (Tas) and Rules 556 and 557 of the Supreme Court Rules 2000 provide for trial at a civil sitting of the Court.

This section of the Court's web site provides specific information on:

  • eligibility for jury service;
  • the jury summons;
  • what happens during the trial; and
  • what happens after the trial.

There is also information on the history of the jury process and a Jury Pamphlet that can be downloaded.