No new criminal jury trials in Victoria will originate up till coronavirus restrictions ease, whereas these under methodology will proceed following COVID-receive plans.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Anne Ferguson made the trade to jury trial plans on Friday following Premier Daniel Andrews’ announcement that a five-day lockdown would take attain from 11.59pm.
Jury trials returned to Victoria late remaining year after being cancelled due to the previous lockdowns.
Two trials are under methodology in the Supreme Court.
Jurors will return to deliberate on Monday in the case of Ahmed El-Chakik, who is accused of abolish and deliberately causing danger over the shooting of two brothers.
The jury retired to take into story its verdict on Monday after a week of proof.
Justice Lex Lasry suggested the dozen jurors they fell under exceptions to the lockdown guidelines.
“True variety retain going … for so long as you would possibly perhaps perchance perhaps well bear to,” he acknowledged.
“It be stage four, so the four causes for leaving dwelling apply, but one amongst these causes will consist of the indisputable truth that you just are serving as jurors in a abolish trial.”
He suggested the jury and attorneys that officers who specific incredulity on the clarification would possibly perhaps perchance well bear to peaceful contact his workplace to bear it straightened out.
But every other trial, for a Melbourne couple accused of possessing a Tamil woman as a slave for eight years, will be paused.
Justice John Champion described the disclose as “messy” as he suggested jurors they’d perhaps well perhaps be despatched dwelling for the whole lockdown.
In establish of designating jurors an significant service, he acknowledged the choice had been made to adjourn the case for five days to scale back lope and effort for the 15 empanelled jurors.
“It be crucial for the capabilities of this trial that you just significantly defend focus and pays attention with out having the distraction of caring a pair of spread of issues,” Justice Champion acknowledged.
Two juries returned verdicts in County Court trials on Friday.
One trial is peaceful under methodology, with jurors suggested to come aid aid on Monday to proceed listening to the case.