As a juror you are in the position of responsibility and are expected to conduct yourself in such a way that no one may question your impartiality and integrity.
Some Simple Rules to Follow:
- Be prompt: Tardiness causes delay and wastes the time of all involved.
- Listen Carefully: You will base your decision on the evidence presented to you.
- Keep an open mind: Do not form hasty conclusions or opinions.
- Do not discuss the case: During the trial, you should not talk about the case to anyone, including other jurors.
- Do not read or listen to outside newspaper or radio accounts: Newspaper and radio accounts may present a biased or unbalanced evaluation of the case.
- Control your emotions: You may be confronted with exhibits or testimony which make you uncomfortable. Be prepared. You should not show any visual expression or make any audible sound that can indicate you have been affected.
- Do not inspect the scene of a case on your own: If the Judge determines that an inspection of the scene or premises involved in a case is appropriate, the Judge will arrange for the jury as a whole to make this inspection, accompanied by the court officials, attorneys, and the parties involved.
- Report any violations of these rules to the bailiff: If you have become aware of anything outside the courtroom that causes you concern, inform the bailiff.
The most important qualifications of a juror are fairness and impartiality. You must lay aside all bias and prejudice. You are the foundation of our Judicial system, and your actions and decision should reflect this important rule.