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If you have been chosen to serve on a jury, please read this information carefully, including the disclaimer.
After reading this information, you should have a good understanding of what your responsibilities and duties are as a juror and you will have a better understanding of how the court system works.
About Jury Service
Many systems have been tried, but the English-speaking people, for many years, have steadfastly believed that trial by jury is the most likely to accomplish Justice.
The foreperson presides over the deliberations and signs and brings the verdict into court.
See the disclaimer about the information given on this website.
Since the verdict must he based on the evidence in the case, a juror Should know what may be taken into consideration as evidence.
Glossary of Words & Phrases
See the definitions of words and phrases commonly used in trials.
How the Jury is Selected
At the opening of a trial, jurors are selected to try the case. Civil juries are generally comprised of six persons.
After you are sworn in as a juror, there are some rules of conduct you should observe.
Rules & Instructions for Jurors
Cases must be tried and determined on firmly established and well-recognized public standards (rules) of right and wrong.
The Juror's Creed
Read the Juror's Creed.
Courtroom trial events are substantially the same in both civil and criminal cases. In all criminal cases, the plaintiff is the State of Indiana and the plaintiff's lawyer is the Prosecuting Attorney or a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.
Types of Cases
Generally speaking, a jury may he called upon to try two kinds of cases -civil or criminal.