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Full Details: 'Hollyoaks' jury process

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Anthony Quinlan as Gilly Roach

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As revealed in the main news section today, Hollyoaks is to undertake a soap first in the weeks ahead by recruiting a real-life 'jury' to determine the outcome of Gilly Roach's rape trial.

Click here to read our main article about what the soap's bosses have planned and the extensive research which has been carried out for the storyline.

Here, however, DS presents details of the full jury process for those interested in applying or keen to learn more.

Step 1
Potential jurors will apply via an online application form on the Hollyoaks website - this will ask for a bit more detail than a standard jury selection, which is all done randomly based on the electoral roll.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following details:

- Name
- Address
- Date of Birth
- Male / Female
- Are you a regular Hollyoaks viewer? (NB: You do not need to watch Hollyoaks in order to take part in the fictional jury)
- Tell us in 150 words or less why you want to take part

Step 2
Entrants will be split into male or female and, from there, split into age groups (18-24, 25-35 etc). From those splits, 40 finalists will be randomly selected - this will ensure that organisers get 20 females, 20 males and the biggest age range possible.

Step 3
Phone interviews will be carried out and the selection of the final 15 will be made.

Step 4
The final 15 will be invited to Hollyoaks' base at Lime Pictures in Liverpool. There is no casting or selection event - instead the final 12 will be selected at random. However, all 15 will stay for the day and review the evidence - the three 'extras' will be on hand to fill a gap if someone pulls out or doesn't turn up, as with a real jury. Their vote won't count but they will still be involved in all elements of the day.

Step 5
A court representative will run the day, explaining the process to the jury and ensuring they keep to time. A barrister will also be on hand to direct the jury in all the evidence and viewing of the evidence.

The jury will then be given time to deliberate before returning their verdict. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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