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The Jury’s Duties. The Jury’s Duties. Selected jurors are sworn in and are seated in the jury box. Prospective jurors not selected are free to go, but may be required to return for later trials held during that session of court. The Jury’s Duties.

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The jury s duties

The Jury’s Duties


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The Jury’s Duties

  • Selected jurors are sworn in and are seated in the jury box.

  • Prospective jurors not selected are free to go, but may be required to return for later trials held during that session of court.


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The Jury’s Duties

  • At the start of a trial, jurors are informed of their duties by the Judge:

    • Jurors are not to discuss the case with anyone other than other jurors;

    • Or listen, or read, media reports about the case;

    • Jurors are not allowed to discuss, or disclose, any information relating to the jury’s deliberation.


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The Jury’s Duties

  • Occasionally jurors are sequestered during the length of the trial (sequestering = being isolated from family, friends, home, and work)

  • During this time, jurors may only speak with other jurors and with the court officials.

  • Jurors are always sequestered when they retire to reach a verdict.


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The Jury’s Duties

  • Juries must reach a unanimous verdict – all must agree.

  • In the deliberations, jurors must consider all of the evidence presented in court and ....

  • Jurors must consider the charge from the judge – instructions, interpretations, and definitions given. The charge often lasts for hours.


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The Jury’s Duties

  • In the end, the jury must decide if a case against an accused has been proven “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

  • If, after lengthy deliberations, jurors cannot agree, a hung jury results.

  • A new trial is usually ordered.


Homework

Homework:

  • Read pages 216-225 in your textbook and Nelles v. Ontario on pg. 218-219.

  • Answer the following questions:

    • Page 220 (Review Your Understanding), #1-7

    • Page 225, (Review Your Understanding), #1,2,5,&6

    • P, age 219Nelles v. Ontario Question #1


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