Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
Jury Service (Vic)
Victoria uses juries to decide most criminal and some civil trials. If you are summonsed to come to court for jury service, you must make efforts to attend. If you are unable to attend because of a reason such as an illness or carer’s responsibilities, you must apply to the court for a deferral or apply to be excused from jury service, using the form on the back of the summons.
Juries in Victoria are governed by the Juries Act 2000.
Composition of juries
Civil trials in Victoria are determined by a jury of six, while criminal trials use a jury of 12. In some cases, the court may make an order for the empanelment of additional jurors – there may be up to two extra jurors in a civil trial and up to three extras in a criminal trial.
All adult citizens who are on the electoral role in Victoria are qualified to be jurors. However, persons are disqualified from jury service if they have been sentenced to certain terms of imprisonment for certain offences.
A person is ineligible to be a juror if they have worked in certain professions such as lawyer, judicial officer, police officer, governor or if they have served in certain other public official roles.
Being excused from jury service
A person can request to be excused from jury service in Victoria for the whole or part of a jury period for a reason, including:
- The distance they would have to travel to court;
- Substantial hardship that performing jury service would cause them;
- Carer responsibilities; (Section 8)
A person may apply to be permanently excused under Section 9 of the Jury Act.
Empanelment of juries
When a panel of jurors is required by the court, a sufficient number of people must be selected from the jury pool. The panel members must then be informed of the type of action or charge that is to be tried, the names of the parties involved, the names of the main witnesses and how long the trial is expected to take.
Any person who will be unable to consider the matter impartially must be excused from jury service. This may be because they know one of the persons involved. Any person who will be unable to serve for any reason must also be excused.
In civil trials, each party may challenge two panel members without a reason.
Each party in a civil trial may challenge as many jurors as they like for a reason.
In criminal trials, each party may challenge three panel members without a reason if only one person is standing trial and two panel members if two or more co-accuseds are standing trial.
Each party in a criminal trial may challenge as many potential jurors for a reason as they like.
Remuneration and allowances for jury service
Jurors are entitled to payment for their attendance for jury service if they have attended court after being summonsed whether or not they actually served on a jury.
If a juror is in paid employment and misses work because of attending court for jury service, their employer must pay them the difference between the amount received as remuneration for jury service and the amount they would have received for working during the period of jury service.
Offences relating to jury service
There are a number of criminal offences under the Juries Act. These include supplying false or misleading information so as to avoid jury service (Section 70), failing to attend when summoned doe jury service without a reasonable excuse (Section 71) and publishing the contents of the deliberations of a jury (Section 78).
After a person has completed their jury service, they are paid and receive a certificate of exemption from jury service for a period that depends on the duration of the trial.
Jurors must not disclose to others how the jury reached its verdict or what was said during deliberations even after the trial is over. Jurors must not reveal the identity of the other jurors.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter please contact Armstrong Legal.
WHERE TO NEXT?
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.
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