Poll: Are you too clever for Jury Duty?

(real poll at end)

What is “reasonable doubt”?

a) I’m not sure.

b) I’m reasonably unsure.

c) A doubt that is reasonable.

What is the definition of guilt?

a) Eyes too close together.

b) Shifty-looking.

c) Proven to have committed a crime.

If the prosecution has failed to give enough evidence of a defendant’s guilt, you should:

a) See what your friends on Facebook think.

b) Toss a coin to decide.

c) Find the defendant not guilty.

If the evidence is debatable, on what basis can you make an inference?

a) How fit the defendant looks.

b) A sample of the defendant’s handwriting.

c) The full evidence put before the court.

The guilt or innocence of a defendant is decided on:

a) Whether he or she has a nice face.

b) What you’ve read about her or him on the internet.

c) Only the evidence presented in court.

Under what circumstances might a jury be “hung”?

a) If the judge is really upset with them.

b) If they fancy a night in a hotel.

c) If, after an extended period of deliberation, they cannot agree on a verdict either unanimously or by a majority acceptable to the judge.

What does a “unanimous verdict” mean?

a) The opinion of an unknown person.

b) An unknown opinion.

c) A verdict agreed by every member of the jury.

What is a “majority verdict”?

a) The opinion held by most people on Twitter.

b) The opinion of most people on Twitter aged 18 or over.

c) A verdict need not be unanimous, so long as there are no fewer than 11 jurors and at least ten agree.

Can a juror come to a verdict based on a reason not presented in court and which has no facts or evidence to support it?

a) Yes.

b) How much is it worth?

c) Absolutely not.

Under what circumstances can you be excused from, or defer, jury service when summoned?

a) I can’t be bothered.

b) It doesn’t pay enough.

c) By law, you must do jury service when asked. But you can defer if, for example, you have a holiday or operation booked.

Who can you discuss your jury deliberations with?

a) Google

b) Family and friends and their mates.

c) Only other members of the jury, in the jury room.


The real poll:

Jury Duty, what's your track record?

  • Dodged 'em all (32%, 155 Votes)
  • Still to be summoned (30%, 147 Votes)
  • Done some, dodged some (24%, 117 Votes)
  • Done 'em all (13%, 63 Votes)

Total Voters: 482

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Source:  Martin Phillips and The Sun

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