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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.



GOOD SPOT: Deputy Mayor Les Walker at the Dou­glas site of one of two pro­posed new ser­vice sta­tions.

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