About the book
One morning Peter Vermeersch receives a letter summoning him for jury service—the Belgian judiciary system is no stranger to trial by jury, though it hasn’t been used for a long time. The charge against the young man is robbery-murder. Before he knows it, Vermeersch finds himself sitting in the Palace of Justice in Brussels. Along with the other jury members, he must deal with questions about the facts of the murder, the rituals of the judiciary system and a skittish creature of a suspect. What does it feel like to be a victim, or the bereaved? What do you do to someone when you punish them? Does it help?