This is an informational journal about Jury Duty for those that are subject to being summoned, but have not been picked before. I believe many of us wonder what it would be like to sit on a jury if we were picked. I can go into as much detail as I want now as I have finished my duty and have been released by the judge. Please Note: This is based off my recent experience this past week. If you are selected yours may be different!
Case Details: This was a federal civil case about liability and seeking damages after an 18 wheeler crosses a median and a car on the opposite freeway struck it.
Basic Jury Information:
- After you are picked the judge gives you instructions on conduct and what you are allowed/not allowed to do.
- Depending on the case the jury size ranges.
- Every time you take a break during the trial you are taken back to the jury room.
Things Jurors Can Do:
- Leave during the Lunch to Eat.
- Go outside during Lunch.
- Discuss matters other than the case.
- Ask general questions about Jury Duty of the Court Officer
- Bring a Lunch instead of going out to eat.
- Make friends with the other jurors.
- Joke around with the staff when court is not in session.
Things Jurors Can't Do:
- Talk with people about the case until the case is over and released by the judge.
- Let their emotions sway their verdict.
- Rely on outside information to come to a verdict.
- Use a dictionary to define words during deliberation.
- Search for information about the case at home.
- Talk to the attorneys or their clients during the case.
- Leave the jury room once deliberation has started.
- Bring in a Cellphone
- Bring in reading material for Breaks.
Other Miscellaneous Things about Jury Duty:
- It gets cold in court so bring a jacket
- The chairs are not very comfortable
- The court I was at provided coffee and donuts to us
- Be prepared to see some horrific images or videos