On this day ………… 20th February 1935

An unusual coincidence took place in a Melbourne court on this day in 1935, when it emerged that the man who was standing in the dock was on the jury list for a subsequent trial in the same court. Keith Hall of Brighton was before Judge Foster charged with the manslaughter of Alan Balding, a motorcyclist who had died after his vehicle had collided with Hall’s car . Amazingly his name was called for the swearing in of a new jury, just after the jury that was trying him had retired to deliberate their verdict. But in the circumstance Judge Foster excused Hall from duty. The jury deliberating his case returned a verdict of not guilty and Hall was discharged.