The Trial Process

What to Expect from Jury Service

Democracy is made real every day by thousands of jurors across the nation. Many times, we don't trust any one official, politician, expert, or other individual to determine another person's fate. Whether it's a civil trial, or a criminal trial, there are times when no one person should have so much power. Instead, we trust the community to make the right decision. This is our democratic ideal--to impart justice that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Being a juror is interesting and educational. Most jurors consider it an honor to play a part in the fair administration of justice.

Your jury service will have three stages: (1) jury selection; (2) trial, when statements, evidence, and arguments are presented; and (3) jury deliberations. Jury selection starts with a promise to be truthful.

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