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88 Plea of not guilty, balloting and swearing of jury, etc.S

(1)Where the accused pleads not guilty, the clerk of court shall record that fact and proceed to ballot the jury.

(2)The jurors for the trial shall be chosen in open court by ballot from the list of persons summoned in such manner as shall be prescribed by Act of Adjournal, and the persons so chosen shall be the jury to try the accused, and their names shall be recorded in the minutes of the proceedings.

(3)It shall not be competent for the accused or the prosecutor to object to a juror on the ground that the juror has not been duly cited to attend.

(4)Notwithstanding subsection (1) above, the jurors chosen for any particular trial may, when that trial is disposed of, without a new ballot serve on the trials of other accused, provided that—

(a)the accused and the prosecutor consent;

(b)the names of the jurors are contained in the list of jurors; and

(c)the jurors are duly sworn to serve on each successive trial.

(5)When the jury has been balloted, the clerk of court shall inform the jury of the charge against the accused—

(a)by reading the words of the indictment (with the substitution of the third person for the second); or

(b)if the presiding judge, because of the length or complexity of the indictment, so directs, by reading to the jury a summary of the charge approved by the judge,

and copies of the indictment shall be provided for each member of the jury without lists of witnesses or productions.

(6)After reading the charge as mentioned in subsection (5) above and any special defence as mentioned in section 89(1) of this Act, the clerk of court shall administer the oath in common form.

(7)The court may excuse a juror from serving on a trial where the juror has stated the ground for being excused in open court.

(8)Where a trial which is proceeding is adjourned from one day to another, the jury shall not be secluded during the adjournment, unless, on the motion of the prosecutor or the accused or ex proprio motu the court sees fit to order that the jury be kept secluded.

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89 Jury to be informed of special defence.S

(1)Subject to subsection (2) below, where the accused has lodged a plea of special defence, the clerk of court shall, after informing the jury, in accordance with section 88(5) of this Act, of the charge against the accused, and before administering the oath, read to the jury the plea of special defence.

(2)Where the presiding judge on cause shown so directs, the plea of special defence shall not be read over to the jury in accordance with subsection (1) above; and in any such case the judge shall inform the jury of the lodging of the plea and of the general nature of the special defence.

(3)Copies of a plea of special defence shall be provided for each member of the jury.

90 Death or illness of jurors.S

(1)Where in the course of a trial—

(a)a juror dies; or

(b)the court is satisfied that it is for any reason inappropriate for any juror to continue to serve as a juror,

the court may in its discretion, on an application made by the prosecutor or an accused, direct that the trial shall proceed before the remaining jurors (if they are not less than twelve in number), and where such direction is given the remaining jurors shall be deemed in all respects to be a properly constituted jury for the purpose of the trial and shall have power to return a verdict accordingly whether unanimous or, subject to subsection (2) below, by majority.

(2)The remaining jurors shall not be entitled to return a verdict of guilty by majority unless at least eight of their number are in favour of such verdict and if, in any such case, the remaining jurors inform the court that—

(a)fewer than eight of their number are in favour of a verdict of guilty; and

(b)there is not a majority in favour of any other verdict,

they shall be deemed to have returned a verdict of not guilty.

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