Functions and duties of a Juror

Jurors are required to decide the outcome of trials. They hear the more serious criminal trials such as:

  • theft

  • burglary

  • drugs offences.

Jurors may also be required to hear cases such as murder and rape, although these are less common.

As a juror, you must:

  • decide, on the evidence presented to you in court, whether the person charged with an offence is guilty or not

  • take directions relating to the law from the Deemster, whether or not you agree with him

  • remain impartial and independent

  • remain uninfluenced by any person who is not a member of the jury - it is an offence for any person who is not a member of the jury to attempt to influence you in any way. If any person speaks to you about the case you should inform the court immediately

  • keep statements made in the jury room confidential - you should not discuss the case with any person other than members of the jury. It is contempt of court punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment to repeat any statements made in the jury room.

You may wish to refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

Page last updated on 10 August 2018