What can I expect if called for jury duty?
If you are selected as a juror, the presiding judge will caution you not to discuss the case with anyone, including your fellow jurors, until the end of the trial when all the evidence has been heard. Jurors are to consider only the evidence presented during the trial. For example, jurors are not to conduct their own investigation of the events involved in the case. In one case recently tried in Connecticut involving a fire, one juror confided to the other jurors that he did his own investigation. The case had to be retried as a result of what that juror did.
Through our court system, impartial citizens decide whether a crime has been committed or a civil wrong has occurred. It is through the collective wisdom of a jury made up of people from diverse backgrounds that our system of justice is able to function successfully.
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