Dealing with the court system is one many of us wish we never have to experience. When going to court we are either there on trial, which is never fun, as a witness to a crime or situation, which can be extremely stressful and can lead you down roads you never thought you would travel, or a jury member. If you’ve been called to serve as a juror, you will be asked questions by the prosecutor and defense lawyer to determine if you are selected. Lawyers often hire jury selection consultants to help prepare targeted questions in order to determine if you would be a good fit to sit on a specific case.
As a juror your responsibility will be to objectively sit and listen to a case. During this case you will be presented with a wide range of facts, figures and other evidence that both the prosecutor will present as well as the defendant. After listening to all of this information you and the other jurors will go into a room where you will review the evidence and be asked to determine guilt or innocence.
Some cases that a juror may be asked to sit on will be simple burglary cases, accidents and some business cases. In some cases, you will be asked to sit in on a murder case or a high-profile case that will be all over the news and media.
No matter what type of case you are on, it is important that you take it very seriously. When sitting on a jury the fate or outcome of another human being’s life is on the line. If you don’t take it seriously enough, or if you just jump to rash decisions clouded by your own bias then the defendant didn’t receive a fair trial and could be set free or imprisoned because of this.
When going to court and dealing with trials make sure to act and be professional. You never know if you will be on the other side of the bench one day.