What if they run out of jurors?

The Judicature Law contains a contingency provision – that today is rarely if ever exercised – in case, for any reason, the number of available jurors is fewer than what is required for a trial.

The law empowers the Clerk of the Court to select jurors on the spot, known as “talesman,” from “bystanders or others attending the court and eligible for jury service.”

Any talesman who refuses to serve “commits an offence and is liable to a fine of thirty dollars,” according to the Judicature Law.

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