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Jury selection, 1991

Jury selection, 1991

In order to guarantee judicial independence, the state must provide resources and administrative support services so that the courts can function autonomously. Administrative work includes painstaking jobs such as selection of people for jury service each week. Here, Miriama Kupe shows off the jury barrel used to select Wellington High Court juries in 1991. Each week a court clerk hand-picked 300 marbles which were put in numerical order and matched against the corresponding name in the jury roll. Then a list of the people selected was entered on computer.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1991/1337

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Philip A. Joseph and Thomas Joseph, 'Judicial system - Judicial independence', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2023)

Story by Philip A. Joseph and Thomas Joseph, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 11 Oct 2016