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Jury Duty

The Process of Jury Selection

You and others called for jury duty will be taken into a courtroom. Names will be randomly drawn to take a seat in the jury box. Those not called will remain in the hallway or courtroom.

The judge will state the names of the parties in the case, the names of the lawyers who will represent them, and describe what the case is about.

Next the judge and the attorneys will question each of the people in the jury box to find out if you can be fair and impartial in the case.

One of the attorneys may "challenge you for cause." This means that the attorney will ask the judge to excuse you from the jury for a specific legal reason. Each lawyer has an unlimited number of challenges for cause.

Each attorney also has the right to a certain number of peremptory challenges. That is, the attorney may ask that you be excused without giving any reason at all. If this happens, don't take it personally. The lawyer is merely exercising a right given by law.

Regardless of whether or not you are selected, you are asked NOT to discuss the case outside of the courtroom.

 

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