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A jury is a group of citizens who listen to facts presented in a trial and make a decision regarding a person’s guilt or innocence.

  • Anyone who is an American citizen can serve on a jury in the United States.
  • A trial by a jury of one’s peers usually results in good decisions.
  • The jury system in the United States is not foolproof. Mistakes can be made.
  • If you receive a notice in the mail stating that you’ve been chosen for jury duty, you must go.
  • Choosing not to show up for jury duty is a punishable offense. (You will get in trouble for not showing up.)
  • Jury duty begins with participation in a jury pool. A jury pool is a large group of potential jurors (50 to 60 people).
  • Lawyers talk directly to the jury.
  • Judges give the jury advice regarding the decision-making process.

A person who is chosen to show up for jury duty is called a juror.

  • If you are chosen to be a juror, you will have the privilege to witness first hand how the legal system works in the United States.
  • Jurors may serve on a jury for up to two weeks (or more), depending on the complexity of the case being decided.
  • Jurors are chosen from a jury pool. (pool = a group of people)

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Date of publication: October 12, 2016

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