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Most cases in BC are decided by judges, but some cases are heard by groups of men and women who are selected for jury duty.

In a trial by judge and jury, the role of the jury is to act as the "finder of fact." The jury has to decide what, in fact, happened by weighing the evidence they have heard and whether the evidence convinces them beyond reasonable doubt that the person accused of the crime is guilty of committing it. In a criminal case, there are 12 people who sit on the jury.

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