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The Jury System

Exploring the Canadian Criminal Justice System

The Importance of the Jury System in Canadian Criminal Justice

If you have been charged with a crime in Canada, you should consult with a criminal defence lawyer in your area

The Jury System - Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Legal Terms


Every jury member picks a foreperson, who records the verdict on a verdict sheet and notifies the court services officer. Once back in court, the foreperson stands to announce the verdict to the court.

Hung jury

When a jury is unable to reach a unanimous verdict in a criminal case. The judge may send the jury back for more consideration, but if a unanimous verdict cannot be reached, a mistrial will be declared and the case may be retried before a new jury.


Canadian citizens over the age of 18 called to hear evidence and render a verdict or recommendation in a coroner’s inquest or a civil or criminal trial.


At the end of a trial, the jury will enter the jury room to begin deliberations. The sequestration period begins, as the jury must reach an unanimous verdict before they are released, avoiding all outside contact.

The Jury System - Tagged With:
Code Citations: Subsection 11(f) , Section 629 , Part XX
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