Jury trials are to resume on Wednesday | Loop Jamaica

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Jury trials are to resume on Wednesday, April 20, the Court Administration Division (CAD) has advised.

The resumption will coincide with the start of the Easter term of the Circuit Court the CAD said in a statement Monday evening.

It explained that the resumption comes against the background of a reduction in the country’s COVID-19 infection rate and the revocation of measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA).

However, despite the reduction in COVID-19 cases, Director of Client Services, Communications and Information at the CAD, Kadiesh Fletcher, said jurors are encouraged to wear their masks.

“Although the mask-wearing order in enclosed space under the Public Health Act ended on April 15, we are highly recommending that jurors and court users keep their masks on in the courts for added protection because it is difficult to maintain physical distancing in all our jury boxes,” Fletcher said.

She stated that the participation of jurors is critical to ensuring that trials by jury can proceed before the courts and are disposed of in a timely manner.

“I would like to remind members of the public who have been summoned for jury duty that this is their civic duty and an opportunity to play a part in our system of justice. Additionally, failure to show up for jury duty can result in a fine not exceeding $10, 000,” Fletcher added.

Anyone between the ages of 18 and 70 with a Tax Registration Number or anyone who is registered to vote in Jamaica can be summoned for jury duty.

Jurors receive a stipend of $2, 000 for each day they have been empanelled for a trial.