Resumption of jury trials

15 June 2020

Some criminal jury trials will recommence in the County Court and Supreme Court from 20 July 2020.

Since jury trials were suspended on 16 March, the Court has been working on plans for the safe resumption of jury trials. The Court has consulted with health professionals, the legal profession and others involved with criminal trials. This planning has also been informed by work being done in other states and countries.

Jury trials will resume with a range of measures in place to ensure the safety of all, including:

  • avoiding the need for gathering large jury pools
  • physical distancing arrangements within courtrooms and jury rooms
  • procedural changes to minimise the need for handling objects
  • frequent cleaning of regularly touched surfaces
  • other hygiene measures

The government has introduced modifications to jury procedures which support these measures.

Jury summonses will start to be sent to potential jurors in the coming weeks, which will include advice about the measures being put in place and procedures for those who wish to defer or be excused from jury service due to personal circumstances.

The Court will continue to use technology for some other hearings to keep the number of people physically coming to court low, and to accommodate the physical needs of criminal jury trials.

The resumption of jury trials will be closely monitored to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all court users.

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Page last updated: 8 July 2020