About 35 people who failed to show up for jury selection in Dennis Oland's second-degree murder trial in Saint John last fall could be facing penalties today.
The prospective jurors will have to explain to Court of Queen's Bench Justice John Walsh why they ignored being summonsed. Walsh will then decide whether they have a "reasonable excuse," according to the Jury Act.
If not, they could be held in contempt of court and each face a fine of up to $1,000, "or any other penalty that a judge of the court may impose in contempt proceedings," the act states.
That could include jail time.
About 5,000 people were summonsed to appear at Harbour Station on Sept. 8 for possible jury duty in the high-profile case.
It was one of the largest jury pools in New Brunswick history.
Thirty-five people have been served with notices to appear at the Saint John Law Courts building at 9:30 a.m.
Meanwhile, Oland, who was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years, will be seeking bail today at the Court of Appeal in Fredericton.
Oland's defence team is appealing his conviction, and has filed an application for his release, pending the appeal.
The defence contends the jury's unanimous verdict was "unreasonable." They want to have it quashed and either an acquittal entered or a new trial ordered.
Oland, 47, was found guilty Dec. 19 in the 2011 bludgeoning death of his father, prominent businessman Richard Oland.
The 69-year-old multimillionaire's body was discovered face down in a pool of blood in his investment firm office on July 7, 2011. He had suffered 45 sharp and blunt force injuries to his head, neck and hands.