A jury is a group of citizens who determine the facts of a particular case. They then render a decision based on those facts and on the instructions on the law given to them by the judge.
Who may be called for jury duty?
Every resident of the Province of New Brunswick who is nineteen years of age or over and a Canadian citizen may be called for jury duty.
Who cannot serve as a juror?
The following is a list of those who are ineligible to serve as jurors:
In addition to those who are ineligible, the following may be exempt from serving as jurors:
How are jurors chosen?
When a jury is required, the sheriff summons a sufficient number of persons from any of the following four lists:
What do I do with a jury summons?
In addition to receiving a notice to serve (summons), you will also receive a juror's certificate and an application to be relieved from serving as a juror. You are required to mail or deliver the juror's certificate to the sheriff within five days of receiving it. Make note of the date and time that you have to go to court and keep the phone number for jury information on hand should you have any questions.
What if I wish to be relieved from jury duty?
If you wish to be relieved from jury duty, you may fill out the "application to be relieved" and mail or deliver it to the sheriff within five days of receiving your notice. Remember that jury duty is an important civic responsibility and you must have a good reason for asking to be excused. The sheriff will review your application and may or may not grant your request.
Should your application for relief be refused by the sheriff, you must attend Court at the designated time. You may appeal the refusal for relief to any Judge of the Court before the date on which you are summoned to attend for selection or you may appeal to the presiding Judge at the time of jury selection.
What happens if I ignore a notice to serve on a jury and I do not show up without being excused?
Jury duty is a civic responsibility that should be taken seriously. Anyone who has been summoned to serve as a juror and fails to respond to the notice or fails to appear at the commencement of the jury trial can be held in contempt of Court and may be fined a maximum of one thousand dollars.
Fees paid to Jurors
Fees paid for a half-day's attendance (less than four hours) is twenty dollars, and for a full day's attendance (more than four hours), forty dollars. However, if a trial last 10 days or longer, a juror will be paid forty dollars for each half-day and eighty dollars for each full day of attendance starting on Day 10 of trial.
Jurors may also be paid compensation for meals and travel expenses.
Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick
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