Shortest jury deliberation
Nicholas Clive McAllister
1 minute(s)
New Zealand (Greymouth)
On 22 July 2004, Nicholas Clive McAllister (New Zealand) was acquitted of cultivating cannabis plants at a hearing that lasted just one minute at Greymouth District Court, Greymouth, West Coast, New Zealand The jury left to consider the verdict at 3.28pm and returned at 3.29 pm. This one minute time frame would not have even given enough time for the jury to take their seats at the deliberation table. The accused was on trial for the alleged cultivation of 23 cannabis plants to which he denied any knowledge of. Despite not being able to explain why he ran and hid from the police, the jury felt that the evidence was insubstantial enough to deliver their speedy not guilty verdict.