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Jury FAQ’s

  • Duty and Responsibility: Understand that serving on a jury is a civic duty and a fundamental aspect of the justice system. Your role is crucial in ensuring a fair trial and upholding the principles of justice.
  • Impartiality: Maintain an unbiased perspective throughout the trial. Base your decisions solely on the evidence presented in court and the instructions provided by the judge, without allowing personal biases or external influences to sway your judgment.
  • Presumption of Innocence: Remember that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. It is the prosecution’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt, and you must approach the case with an open mind, giving equal weight to the arguments of both the prosecution and the defense.
  • Confidentiality: Respect the confidentiality of jury deliberations and discussions. What is said in the jury room should remain confidential, even after the trial has concluded. This confidentiality ensures the integrity of the deliberation process and protects the privacy of jurors.
  • Jury Instructions: Pay close attention to the instructions provided by the judge regarding the law applicable to the case. Follow these instructions carefully when deliberating and reaching a verdict, as they outline the legal standards you must apply in your decision-making process.
  • Deliberation Process: Engage in respectful and open-minded deliberations with your fellow jurors. Listen to and consider the perspectives of others, and be prepared to discuss and debate the evidence and arguments presented during the trial in order to reach a unanimous decision, if required.
  • Decision Making: Base your verdict solely on the evidence presented in court and the law as instructed by the judge. Avoid considering any information or influences outside of the courtroom, including media coverage or personal opinions unrelated to the case.
  • Jury Service Etiquette: Arrive on time, dress appropriately, and conduct yourself with professionalism and respect throughout the trial proceedings. Follow the court’s rules and guidelines, and address the judge and other court officials with appropriate courtesy and deference.