In brief: Court procedures caught on camera

Anyone called for jury service will be able to watch a new video called “Your role as a juror”, brought out by the Courts Service Agency. The video is designed to clarify who is eligible to be a juror, set out courtroom procedures and explain the jurors' role and legal responsibilities. Videos replaced introductory talks by a member of court staff in 1992. The latest release takes into account the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 and a recommendation made by the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice. It refers to the judge's pro-active role and points out that people on bail in criminal proceedings are not eligible for jury service.