Conduct of the Jury


WHEN IN DOUBT CONCERNING ANY ASPECT OF A CASE, A JUROR SHOULD ASK THE JUDGE. Jurors must not talk about the case to other members of the jury, lawyers or parties involved, or with any other person until the trial is over and a decision is reached.

Jurors should avoid any situation which might give the appearance that they are discussing any subject with the lawyers or parties involved in the case.

Jurors should avoid radio and television broadcasts and newspaper accounts of the case.

THE JURY'S VERDICT MUST BE BASED ONLY ON THE EVIDENCE PRESENTED IN COURT AND THE INDIVIDUAL JUROR'S EVALUATION OF IT.

If any person tries to talk to a juror about a case the jury is hearing, the juror should:

  1. Tell the person it is improper for a juror to discuss a case or receive any information about it except during the
    course of a trial.
  2. Refuse to listen if the person persists.
  3. Report the incident to the judge at once.

Improper conduct by a member of the jury during the course of a trial may make a new trial necessary.

If, during the trial, a juror learns elsewhere of a fact about the case, the judge should be informed although it should not be mentioned in the courtroom.

Individual jurors should never inspect the scene of an accident or other event in a case. If the judge decides it is necessary, an inspection will take place under court supervision.

There are some cases which may draw much public discussion or attention. In such cases, the jury may be SEQUESTERED (kept together) until a verdict is reached. This is done to protect the jurors from outside influence.

During the trial, each juror should give close attention to the testimony. Jury members are sworn to keep an open mind, disregard personal prejudices, follow the instructions of the court and to come to a verdict according to their best judgement.

Jurors are expected to use their experience, common sense and common knowledge. They are not to rely on any private source of information in deciding a case.


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