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The Big Story: The jury has spoken

Last Updated Jun 27, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT

(Courtesy The Big Story podcast)

Mark Farrant never expected jury duty to change his life — but it did.

After spending five months as a juror on a murder trial in 2014, he was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

This spurred him to become an outspoken advocate for the need to provide counselling for jurors hearing horrific cases.

On today’s episode of The Big Story podcast, Farrant says it was extremely difficult for him to find help.

“This is a massive injustice to people who go through and perform their civic duty, and are literally just, you’re excused at the end of the day in court.”

He also shares the story of fighting to help fellow jurors and forcing Canada to confront just how little the system that asks a jury to judge its most critical cases offers them in return.

You can hear the full episode and subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.

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