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Jennifer Tracey | 17:38 UK time, Monday, 16 February 2009

The jury room

"I still can't get some of the evidence out of my head, six months on."

"I found most days emotionally draining, but always very rewarding."

"It was a shock to me to see grown men unable to read or write."

"Serving on a jury renewed my faith in the legal system."

Those are some of your views on jury service - thanks for all your comments and emails.

It's rare for us to be required to carry out a public duty, especially now that National Service has gone.

Many of you wrote that jury service showed you a side of the UK that you never knew existed. You said it gave you an insight into the lives of people you would otherwise never have met. Some of you found this experience disturbing, others saw it as valuable.

Do you feel that jury service made you a better, more optimistic citizen? Or did you leave court a less trusting or certain individual? Comment below or email us. Please be extra careful if you leave a comment on the blog that you don't compromise the secrecy of the jury room. We are not looking for details of the case.

"Section 8 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 provides that it is a contempt of court punishable with a fine or imprisonment for a juror to disclose to any person any particulars of statements made, opinions expressed, arguments advanced or votes cast by members of the jury in the course of their deliberations in any legal proceedings."

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