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.
Pamphlets on the Supreme Court and the Jury are also available on request. In March 2015 the Court published three videos relating to Jury Service, which can be viewed below.
Coming to Court for Jury Service – How it Works
Being Selected and Serving on a Jury
Payments of expenses
The Juries Act 2003 governs the operation and administration of juries by the Court.