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According to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, CCs are a new form of participatory democracy that provide “citizens with direct access to the government and the government with first hand access to community perceptions and expectations.”
The objective of the Citizens' Jury on Energy Economics and Security for New South Wales for the Public Accounts Committee of the NSW Parliament was to agree on an order of preference, barriers to adoption (including financial aspects and public perception issues) and recommended course of action with regard to alternative forms of energy generation in NSW. In order to do that, first it was the jury's role to address the problems and barriers of implementing these alternative means of energy.