29D Civil cases


In this section, majority verdict means, in relation to a jury that, at the time of its verdict, consists of a certain number of jurors, a verdict agreed to by at least three-fourths of them.


The court may accept a majority verdict in a civil case if—


the jury, having retired to consider its verdict, has deliberated for at least 4 hours; and


the jurors have not reached a unanimous verdict; and


the foreperson of the jury has stated in open court—


that there is no probability of the jury reaching a unanimous verdict; and


that the jury has reached a majority verdict; and


the court considers that the jury has had a period of time for deliberation that the court thinks reasonable, having regard to the nature and complexity of the trial.


Nothing in this section—


prevents the court from taking a poll of the jury; or


affects any practice in civil cases by which a court may, with the consent of all parties, accept a verdict that is not a unanimous verdict.

Compare: 1908 No 89 s 54A

Section 29D: inserted, on 29 June 2009, by section 19 of the Juries Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 40).