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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Attorney-General encourages Queenslanders to participate in jury duty

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Thursday, September 24, 2009

    Attorney-General encourages Queenslanders to participate in jury duty

    Attorney-General Cameron Dick and Chief Justice Paul de Jersey today launched a campaign to encourage more Queenslanders to take part in jury duty.

    Mr Dick said juries are an essential part of Queensland’s legal system and allow every member of the community the opportunity to actively participate in the work of the courts and the legal system.

    “Jury duty allows every adult from students to professionals and retirees to gain an insight into how our justice system really works,” Mr Dick said.

    “Jury duty provides Queenslanders with a unique opportunity to make a difference.

    “While the time spent participating in jury duty is short, the contribution to the justice system and the community is significant,” he said.

    Chief Justice de Jersey said juries were vital to democracy and helped ensure Queensland’s court system remained fair and equitable.

    “It is an unfortunate reality that many people receive a notice for jury duty and instantly begin to think of ways to seek an excusal,” Chief Justice de Jersey said.

    “By launching this campaign we hope to change this attitude and see more Queenslanders actively being part of the justice process.”

    Chief Justice de Jersey said more than 600 criminal trials involving a jury were held throughout Queensland in the past financial year.

    “We needed more than 7000 jurors for those trials and many others were required for the jury pool,” he said.

    “These Queenslanders came from 28 towns and cities across the state and, in most cases, the jurors for these cases spent limited time away from their everyday lives.

    “We need more Queenslanders to participate and be a part of our justice system.”

    Chief Justice de Jersey said jurors would attend court one to two times a week for a couple of hours if they were summonsed.

    “Typically, if you are not on a jury, you can return to work or other activities after about 11am,” he said.

    “If you are selected to sit on a trial, you will only be in court for an average of three and a half days.”

    Mr Dick said legislation passed in September 2008 allowed jurors to return home to their families each night unless the judge ordered them to remain together for deliberations.

    “These new laws have created a more flexible system that is compatible with modern life, and allows jurors to go about their lives with minimal interruption,” Mr Dick said.

    “Being part of a jury is about everyday people being a part of the justice system and it gives Queenslanders the opportunity to participate in the justice process.

    “A brochure detailing the jury process will be distributed with all juror notices over coming months, to promote a realistic understanding of what is involved in jury duty.”

    For more information about the Queensland justice system and jury duty, visit

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