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A DISTRICT Court trial jury has been discharged after it emerged that one of the jurors was a practising volunteer lawyer, making her ineligible for jury service.
A man had been on trial in Townsville District Court after pleading not guilty to two counts of indecent treatment against his 13- year- old greatnephew. The second day of the trial was due to start yesterday, when Crown prosecutor Jodie Crane told the court she had been informed one of the jurors was registered as a solicitor on the Queensland Law Society register.
Mr Crane said potential jurors were asked to fill in an online questionnaire asking whether they were a lawyer engaged in legal work, and the juror had ticked ‘ No’.
Judge Gregory Lynham questioned the juror, who told him she had a volunteer practising certificate and volunteered for two hours a month.
She said she had thought about the question when filling in the questionnaire, but her main job was not as a lawyer and it was a “grey area”.
Judge Lynham said if it was a grey area, it was “probably a very risky area”.
He discharged the trial jury and discharged the volunteer lawyer from jury service.
The trial is expected begin again in September.
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