Unless excused, you must appear at the date and time stated on the jury summons. Arrive a few minutes before the time stated on the Juror Summons, and bring your summons and photo identification with you to present to the Jury officer or court staff.
Even though you have received the Summons, and you attend on the selection date, there is a possibility that you would not be selected to serve on the Jury. In usual circumstances, 12 jurors are picked with 2 alternates. In civil trials, 6 jurors are selected.
During the Jury Selection process, the prospective Juror will be given an opportunity to address the Justice with any concerns they may have in relation to being excused.
You will be told when the trial will be held and how long it is expected to last at the time of the Jury Selection. The jury officer will confirm your attendance with the number in the right hand corner of your summons. The clerk of the court begins the selection process by drawing names from a box at random. The selection process differs depending on the type of trial. Please listen carefully to the jury officer or sheriff for instructions on what to do.
Next, one of three things can happen during the Jury Selection Process:
- Both Defence and Crown counsel have the right to challenge a potential juror. This means, they will use their own reasoning to decide whether they will approve for you to be on the jury. If your selection is challenged, return to your seat or you may be dismissed by the Justice. If you are "challenged", do not view this as a criticism of you as a person but simply as the exercise of the counsel's rights according to the Criminal Code of Canada. Often, several juries are formed from the pool of prospective jurors present. Those not selected for the first jury may be selected for another jury/a different trial.
- Both counsel may consent to you serving as a juror. Once accepted, you will be directed by the presiding Justice to take a seat in the jury box.
You may be asked to stand aside. Following that, you must do so as directed.