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."
Like other Australian jurisdiction, Western Australia uses juries to decide some civil trials and the majority of criminal trials in the higher courts. Any resident in Western Australia who is enrolled to vote is liable to serve as a juror; however, some people can be excused from jury service or are ineligible. Jury service is governed by the Juries Act 1957.
What is jury service?
If a person is called up for jury service, they are being asked to give their time and effort for the period they have been summonsed. Their employer will be required to co-operate by excusing them from work for the period they are serving. They will be remunerated for their service and if there is a gap between the remuneration they receive and what they would normally earn during the same period, their employer will be required to pay them the difference so that they are not disadvantaged.
Serving on a jury
If a person is called up for jury service they will receive a summons several weeks before the date the trial is listed. They will be required to attend court on a date when jurors will be selected. If they are selected they will be required to hear evidence in a civil or criminal trial. The majority of trials in Western Australia are completed in under five days. However, some trials may run for longer. Court usually sits between 10am and 4.30pm with breaks being determined by the judge. If a person is selected for jury service, they need to prepare for the possibility of a long trial. If this is going to be a problem for them, they may need to consider deferring their jury service. This should be done before the date they have been summonsed to appear.
Can I get out of jury service?
If a person needs to defer their jury service to a more convenient time, they can do so for a period of up to six months. A deferral can be granted on the basis of health issues, pressing commitments, business needs or because hardship would be caused to the person’s family or the community if they attended jury service. A person can apply for a deferral by filling in the statutory declaration on the back of the summons they have received.
Section 5 of the Juries Act sets out the circumstances under which a person is ineligible to serve on a jury. These include where the person is over 75 and where the person has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of more than two years. Public officials such as judges, lawyers and police officers are also ineligible for jury service.
Section 34G of the Juries Act sets out the grounds on which a person may apply to be excused from jury service. These include not understanding English, not living in the relevant district, and being unable to perform jury service because of a disability. A person can be excused for a specific period or permanently. A judge may also excuse a person from jury service at their own initiative.
A person who has performed jury service in the previous five years will also be excused from serving on a jury again.
Offences and penalties
There are a number of criminal offences relating to jury service under Section 55 of the Juries Act. These include impersonating a juror. failing to obey a summons and failing to obey a direction These offences are all punishable by fines of up to $5,000.
Section 56 creates a number of criminal offences relating to conduct by the employer of a juror. These offences can attract fines of up to $10,000 (or $50,000 for a body corporate). If an employer treats a person who is performing jury service disfavourably – for example, by terminating their employment or reducing their salary, the employer is committing an offence.
Jurors must not disclose statements that are made, opinions that are expressed, arguments that are advanced or votes that are cast in the course of the jury’s deliberations. It is also an offence for a person to solicit or obtain information relating to the deliberations of a jury or to publish such information. Any of these acts can attract a fine of up to $5,000.
It is an offence to take or publish pictures of a person attending court for jury service.
If you require legal advice 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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