Introduction

 

As part of your civic duty to serve on a jury, you have received a summons to attend court today. For most of you, jury service is probably a new experience. You may not have ever been in a courthouse before. In the next few minutes, this video will explain how the jury system works, how you were selected, the functions of a juror, and what happens in the courtroom.

 

The jury system gives citizens an important part to play in the administration of justice. A jury consists of 12 people made up of a cross-section of society who are sworn to hear evidence about fellow citizens and give a verdict on the trial being heard before them. Every juror has the important responsibility of determining if the defendant in a trial is guilty or not guilty.