The jury in the current Hillsborough trial has been told a majority verdict will be accepted.
The jury at Preston Crown Court has not been able to reach a unanimous verdict.
Judge Sir Peter Openshaw has now said he will accept majority verdicts of at least 10-2 from the six men and six women.
Former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, 74, denies the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool fans.
Ex-Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell denies a charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
96 people were killed in the disaster at the FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium on 15 April 1989.
The jury has spent more than five and a half days considering its verdict following ten weeks of evidence.
Sir Peter said a “full and frank exchange of views” among members of the jury was needed in order to reach a true verdict.