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Juries have been in use for a number of centuries and are used in both the District and the High Court in New Zealand.
Since 1981, the District Court has taken over a lot of jury trials. A District Court Judge presides with a full jury on those cases which are able to be dealt with by a Judge and a jury.
The High Court deals with jury trials as well but usually only for matters such as murder and manslaughter and occasionally sexual violation and aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery.
But most of jury cases are dealt with in the District Court.
The procedures used are exactly the same and the penalties available to the sentencing District Court Judge are the same maximum and minimum penalties available to the high Court Judge.
Counsel for the Crown and the Counsel for the Defence get the full jury list called for service in any one particular week about three or four days before that jury week commences.
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