(1) A person who is—
(a) on a panel for a trial; or
(b) a juror in a trial—
must not make an enquiry for the purpose of obtaining information about a party to the trial or any matter relevant to the trial, except in the proper exercise of his or her functions as a juror.
Penalty: 120 penalty units.
(2) This section applies from the time a person is selected or allocated as part of a panel for a trial until—
(a) the person is excused from jury service on the trial; or
(b) the person returns to the jury pool; or
(c) if the person is empanelled as a juror, the juror, or the jury of which the juror is a member, is discharged by the trial judge.
(3) Nothing in this section prevents a juror from—
(a) making an enquiry of the court or another member of the jury, in the proper exercise of his or her functions as a juror; or
(b) making an enquiry authorised by the trial judge.
(4) Anything done by a juror in contravention of a direction given to the jury by the trial judge is not a proper exercise by the juror of his or her functions as a juror.
(5) In this section, "making an enquiry" includes—
(a) consulting with another person;
(b) conducting any research by any means;
Using the Internet to search an electronic database for information.
(c) viewing or inspecting a place or object that is relevant to the trial;
(d) conducting an experiment;
(e) requesting another person to make an enquiry.
S. 78B inserted by No. 38/2008 s. 7, amended by No. 6/2018 s. 68(Sch. 2 item 74.9).