One of the tasks that falls upon you as a citizen of Australia, on the electoral role, is to be called up for Jury Duty. I have been called up once before but was not selected for the jury, this time I was the last one called of the twelve jury members.
I have never been on Jury Duty before so it was a new experience for me and it was a worthwhile one. It is a huge responsibility to have to listen carefully to all that is presented to you in court and then to make your decision based on facts only and the reliability of the evidence given.
This took place over a few days and it was an enlightening experience. As a juror you are not permitted to discuss the case or the decision that was reached, nor are you permitted to identify other members of the jury.
As an avid reader of crime fiction, one thing I did note was that what is written in fiction books comes to life when you are placed in the situation yourself.
This took place in our local courthouse which is an unusual piece of architecture in an Australian country town. It is a pity that the paintwork in the interior of the courthouse has not been kept in good condition and doesn’t really enhance the beautiful architectural features of the interior. Some money needs to be spent on redecorating!