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3,500 prospective jurors summoned

ROBERT MATAS
Globe and Mail

September 27, 2006

The mammoth trial of Robert Pickton for the murder of six of Vancouver's missing women edged closer this week with the mailing of summons to 3,500 prospective jurors.

"Your participation is a legal obligation, as the enclosed summons is a court order requiring you to appear for jury selection," states the letter sent to potential jurors.

The names were chosen at random from the B.C. voters' list for constituencies close to the courthouse. Court officials believed that the large number of summonses were required in order to find 12 qualified jurors -- many will be disqualified under requirements set out in provincial law and others will be exempt based on extraordinary circumstances.

Those who pass the initial hurdles will be required to come to court Dec. 9. With Mr. Pickton in the courtroom, potential jurors will be brought in and possibly questioned. The process is complete once 12 people have been picked.

The trial is expected to last as long as 12 months. Jurors receive $20 a day for the first 10 days, $60 a day for the next 39 days and $100 a day for every day afterward. They pay for their own lunches. After the trial is completed, a juror is disqualified from jury duty for two years.

For more information on jury duty, visit:

http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/courts/general/jury_duty_english.htm

 

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