Interview with The Jury Room member Ben Hall
By James, Thursday 15th June 2017

The Jury Room is CBS Reality's brand new series that focuses on old cases and delivers evidence and accepted facts to a new jury. They are then asked to deliver their verdict on the case. Its starts tonight at 10pm and we chatted to one Jury Room member Ben Hall about his experience on the series.

CBSR: What is your day job?

BH: My day job is in the utilities sector, renewing foot-ways and carriageways.  I also work in partnership with TFL on the winter maintenance program, through the months October-March, to protect other road users from the cold and ice conditions. I also have a Highways Inspector qualification, to help to detect defeats within the highway for the safety of road users.

CBSR: Have you always had an interest in the workings of Court rooms?

BH: I have always been interested in how a jury works, people from different parts of the country and different cultures all coming together to reach the same conclusion.

CBSR: Have you had experience of being on a jury before?

BH: I have never had an opportunity to be on a jury before.

CBSR: What made you decide to be on this series?

BH: I think the fact that The Jury Room is based on real cases with real people, maybe we could make others see things in a slightly different way.

CBSR: Did you have to prepare for each case or did you go into each one “cold”?

BH: Before each case we were given the same information as a real jury would be. We basically went in to the cases knowing the same as any jury, we were only given a hour to decide our verdict unlike a real jury which is given a lot more time.

CBSR: What was a day in the studio like and how nervous were you?

BH: It was calm in the studio, very comfortable place and everyone was very accommodating.

CBSR: How did you control your emotions during recording or did you speak your mind all the way through?

BH: I think I spoke my mind all the way through the series, sometimes I had to hold back a little, as you are conscious these cases are about real people with families.

CBSR: Was it nerve-wracking?

BH: It wasn't as much as I thought it would be, as everyone was on hand. I think the most nerve-wracking thing was giving your verdict, as these cases are about real people.

CBSR: Would you appear in another series of The Jury Room?

BH: If I was offered a opportunity to go back onto The Jury Room I would definitely talk to everyone at first look TV and CBS again, then decide after that. It was very interesting and the team were very accommodating, I also liked how Will Hanrahan allowed us to talk things through like a real jury would.

CBSR: Ben Hall, thank you very much.

The Jury Room continues Sunday at 10pm on CBS Reality.

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