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Definition of Jury

A jury is a group of citizens who are convened in court to hear evidence in an injury case and decide whether the evidence is sufficient to award the plaintiff compensation in a civil case. Juries can also be used in a criminal case to determine if the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and is guilty of the crime in which they have been accused.

Jurors are chosen from a randomly selected group of citizens who are either registered to vote or who have drivers' licenses. Each juror is given a questionnaire to help determine whether they are qualified to serve on a jury. Qualifying jurors should represent a cross-section of the community, without regard to race, gender, national origin, age or political affiliation.

A jury summons is no guarantee that a person will serve on a jury. Prior to serving on a jury you will be asked a series of questions by both the judge and the attorneys for each party. This process is called voir dire. The goal of voir dire is to eliminate anyone who already has information about the case, is involved in the case, cannot decide the case fairly or who has strong prejudices about the case. The attorneys also have a certain number of chances to exclude jurors without cause.

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