After trial

After the trial, you will receive your jury fees and a certificate of attendance. You will also receive a certificate of exemption from future jury service, which is usually for a 3-year period.

Do not talk about the trial

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After the trial has finished, it is still important that you do not discuss certain aspects of your jury experience, including:

  • anything that would reveal the identity of another juror
  • how you reached your verdict
  • what happened during deliberations
  • anything else specifically about the case that is not in the public domain.

If anyone approaches you to talk about the trial, you should report this to the Juries Commissioner.

Even though the trial is over, there may be an appeal or other legal matters that are related to the trial you served on. Anything you say about this trial could make it harder to get a fair result in these other matters. It is also important to preserve the anonymity of your fellow jurors.

When does sentencing happen?

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In a criminal trial, if the jury finds an accused person guilty, it is then up to the judge to decide what the sentence should be. Sentencing usually does not happen straight away. The case is usually adjourned to another day - to give the lawyers time to prepare, and then to give the judge time to consider the appropriate sentence.

For further information on sentencing in Victoria, see the Sentencing Advisory Council website.

How can I find out the sentence from the trial I served on?

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Sentencing details are usually available 4-6 weeks after the trial.

For County Court trials, sentencing information can be found by visiting http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/vic/VCC/ and searching the trial by month/year or alphabetically by the case name.

Information regarding trial sentencing in the Supreme Court of Victoria can be found by visiting http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/vic/VSC/ and searching the trial by month/year or alphabetically by the case name.

I am finding it difficult to cope after the trial. Can I talk to someone?

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The Juror Support Program is a confidential wellbeing resource available to people who have attended for jury service in Victoria. This strictly confidential service is free of charge for a limited number of sessions. After completing jury service, most people leave with a sense of achievement, feeling they have performed a worthwhile community service. However, some people may not feel this way and may find it difficult to put the experience behind them in a positive manner. This is entirely normal and understandable. 

Departing from your usual routine; being away from your work and home environment; listening to and digesting evidence; discussing the case with other jurors in foreign surroundings; and deciding on a verdict is something that most citizens will never experience. For some who do, it may take a little extra time to move on from jury service.  

If you find that you are having difficulty returning to your normal routine following jury service, please contact the Juror Support Program. This program can assist you with any negative reactions or concerns for your wellbeing arising from your jury experience. Solution focussed counselling and coaching support is provided by qualified and registered psychologists and social workers.

The Juror Support Program is delivered by an external provider, Davidson Trahaire Corpsych (DTC), and can be accessed in person, via telephone, or video connection. CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT: 1300 360 364

I have another question

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If you have any questions or any concerns about the trial or your experience as a jury member, or potential jury member, please feel free to talk to the Juries Commissioner by calling (03) 8636 6800.

This page was last updated: Wednesday 27 April 2016 - 3:02pm