9 Oct 1829 - emancipists eligible for jury service

#OnThisDay 9 October 1829 emancipists (former convicts) became eligible for jury service in NSW. At this time a jury consisted of 12 men only. Before the 1823 Charter of Justice, if both parties to a civil action agreed, a jury could be appointed while in criminal cases all trials were to take place before a judge and jury of seven military or naval officers.

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