Judicial Procedure IV

After the speeches, each juror was given two ballots (psephoi), one with a hollow center (for the prosecution) and one with a solid center (for the defense). Each juror, holding the ballot so that the center was concealed, dropped one ballot into a box which was valid, and the other into a box which was invalid. If the verdict was guilty, then a second round of balloting decided between the penalties proposed by the two sides.




Ballot box with ballots still inside, found within
the building at the NE corner of the Agora
identified as a lawcourt




Another view of the "ballot box."


The six jurors' ballots found within the box.




A closer view of two of the ballots, one with a solid axle,
(for acquittal) and the other with a hollow axle (for prosecution).
One is marked with an
E; the other is inscribed,
CHFOS DHMOSIA (public ballot).