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Information for panel

    (1)     The court must inform the panel, or cause them to be informed, of the following information—

        (a)     the type of action or charge;

        (b)     the name of the accused in a criminal trial or the names of the parties in a civil trial;

        (c)     the names of the principal witnesses expected to be called in the trial;

        (d)     the estimated length of the trial;

        (e)     any other information that the court thinks relevant.

    (2)     The court must then call on persons on the panel to seek to be excused from jury service on the trial.

    (3)     The court may excuse a person from jury service on the trial if the court is satisfied that the person—

        (a)     will be unable to consider the case impartially; or

        (b)     is unable to serve for any other reason.

S. 32(4) amended by No. 26/2012 s. 21.

    (4)     Unless the court otherwise orders, a person excused from jury service under subsection (3) must return to the jury pool at the completion of the swearing in of the jury, and may be selected or allocated to a panel in another trial.

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