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The Jury consists of a group of eliminated castaways (typically past the merge portion of the competition) that return to witness the remaining castaways' actions at Tribal Council. The information they take in from these visits is supposed to help them decide who to vote for to win the title of Sole Survivor. They are usually forbidden to speak, with the exception of the Final Tribal Council, where they are allowed to address the finalists and ask them questions. The Jury is typically comprised of seven to nine members, but this can vary. Kazakhstan featured five jurors, the lowest, while Entitled vs. Earned and Ragnarok, featured eleven jurors, the highest.

Jury Process

The Jury usually begins near the Merge, seven to nine eliminations from the Final Tribal Council. This depends on when the Jury has been set up to begin, and whether or not there is a post-elimination twist (such as Redemption Island). All Jurors will arrive upon elimination in Ponderosa, where they may chat with the other members of the Jury about the game in progress. At the Final Tribal Council, the Final Two or Final Three will plead the case the Jury, and the jurors will in return ask questions and grill the finalists. They will then submit their votes for a winner and the victor is revealed live during the season reunion.

Depending on the number of active jurors and the number of finalists, a "back-up" juror is brought in. This special juror, who is always the last person eliminated pre-jury, will vote in case of a tie. However, as they aren't a fully fledged member, they cannot ask questions. They will only be able to view the discussion and make their decision. Their vote will count in case of a tie. This has happened on two occasions.

There have also been seven instances when the number of jurors has reduced due to a quit, medical evacuation, or removal of a jury member.

  • Brunei - Sagar O. quit at the merge, reducing the number of jurors from nine to eight.
  • Eritrea - Game T. was medically evacuated at the merge, reducing the number of jurors from nine to eight.
  • New Zealand - Sim S. quit at the merge, reducing the number of jurors from eight to seven.
  • El Salvador - Joe K. and Alan B. were medically evacuated during the merge phase, reducing the number of jurors from nine to seven.
  • Kazakhstan - Dan D. and Austin B. were medically evacuated during the merge phase, reducing the number of jurors from seven to five, the lowest juror count ever.
  • Ayia Thekla - John C. was medically evacuated during the merge phase, reducing the number of jurors from eight to seven.
  • Honduras - McCloud D. was medically evacuated during the merge phase, reducing the number of jurors from nine to eight.
  • Canary Islands - Nick B. was removed from the Jury at the Final Tribal Council by Christian L., reducing the number of jurors from ten to nine.

Jury Formats

Eleven Jurors

Setup Seasons
Final Three S39 Entitled vs. EarnedS40 Ragnarok

Ten Jurors

Setup Seasons
Final Two S35b Worlds Collide
Final Three S32 Unfinished BusinessS37 Indonesia

Nine Jurors

Setup Seasons
Final Two S14 Occultus IslandS17 ReclamationS33 Puerto RicoS38 Canary Islands
Final Three S9 East TimorS10 SeychellesS12 Friends vs. FavoritesS15 Moral vs. Merciless
S18 Second ChancesS20 Bingo vs. SuitmanS23 JapanS24 Last Leap
S25 Conqueror's CrusadeS28 Rejects vs. RoyalsS30 Polynesia

Eight Jurors

Setup Seasons
Final Three S11 BruneiS21 Allies vs. AdversariesS36 Honduras

Seven Jurors

Setup Seasons
Final Two S1 MongoliaS2 Saint LuciaS3 BrazilS4 Great Britain
S5 JordanS7 VenezuelaS13 VietnamS19 Jan Mayen
S26 BhutanS27 KiribatiS29 El Salvador
Final Three S6 All-StarsS8 Caicos IslandsS16 Cursed HandS22 New ZealandS34 Ayia Thekla

Five Jurors

Setup Seasons
Final Two S31 Kazakhstan

Suitman's Survivor Trivia
Buffs Cast List Challenges Episodes Final Three
Final Tribal Council Final Two Immunity Idol Immunity Necklace Insignias
The Jury Medical Evacuation The Merge Opening Sequence Production Team
Quit Records Season Tiers Seasons Sole Survivor
Survivor Rulebook Tiebreaker Tribal Council Tribes Twists
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