A murder trial is being held in Hull this summer – and you get to be on the jury.
In a live action event, the public can take part in what organisers have called a “world first experiment”.
The scenario will see a man called Frank Lane standing trial, accused of having murdered his wife, Alison, on March 25, 2017. Her body has not been found.
A team of leading criminal barristers are now calling on the help of the public to be part of the jury during the murder trial that will take place over an evening as part of a national experiment.
A spokesman for The Murder Trial Live said: “While offering those who are lucky enough to secure tickets to partake in a national social experiment, its aim is to test the robustness of the UK’s judicial system.
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“In a world first experiment, a live murder trial will take place over the course of the evening and you, as an attendee, will decide the outcome.
“The experiment produced by leading barristers and the ITAE Group will test the robustness of the UK Jury system by testing the outcome at 40 replicated experiments all over the UK each with a different jury.
“The trial, presided over by our judge, will begin where the prosecution and defence will call witnesses to the stand to give evidence for the prosecution’s case.
“This evidence will be cross examined by the defence and the Jury must make up their minds – innocent or guilty?”
The production has been managed by an in-house legal team to accurately reflect what a jury is privy to in a real court case.
The evidence presented and the people involved are all authentic. Following the trial, you will deliberate at your table before giving your verdict – exactly like a real jury.
Executive producer Samuel Piri said: “There’s a real current appetite for crime and justice programmes at the moment and we wanted to test how fit for purpose our justice system is in this modern age.
“The fascinating thing about this experiment is that the same trial and evidence could produce different verdicts in different locations – it’s fascinating.”
The Murder Trial Live will be coming to The Doubletree Hilton in Ferensway on September 15.
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Tickets cost £55 and include a two-course meal before the trial begins.
Jurors can sign up to take part at www.themurdertriallive.co.uk.
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