How Are Jurors Selected For a Court Case and Who Qualifies To Serve As a Juror and Why?

In Ontario, to serve as a juror, you must be at least nineteen years old and a Canadian citizen.

The provincial government chooses names randomly from the municipal voters’ list to comprise a jury panel to be called into court.

Final jury members are selected by drawing fifteen to twenty names of those called from a box in the courtroom by a court clerk.

At this time if you wish not to serve you must appeal to the judge.

You are disqualified for jury duty if you are an officer, lawyer, or an employee of the Ministry of the Attorney General, or certain other occupations, or you have been convicted of certain criminal offenses within the past five years.

Your participation is a legal obligation.

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