Steps in a Jury Trial STEPS IN A JURY TRIAL Selection of the Jury The Trial The Judge's Charge Deliberation The Verdict STEPS IN A JURY TRIAL 1. Selection of the Jury Voir Dire - (French for "to speak the truth") The process by which citizens are questioned Jurors called for the voir dire. before being selected to hear evidence as jurors. Jurors challenged, for cause and peremptory. Challenged jurors return to the jury room and the selected jurors are sworn. STEPS IN A JURY TRIAL 2. The Trial The Judge may deliver remarks to the Jury. The attorneys give their opening speeches. Witnesses are called for direct and cross- examination and exhibits are presented. When all of the evidence has been presented, the attorneys give summing up, or closing arguments. STEPS IN A JURY TRIAL 3. The Judge's Charge The Judge instructs the jury as to what laws apply to the case and what those laws mean. STEPS IN A JURY TRIAL 4. Deliberation The jury goes into a private room to discuss the case and reach a decision. They may talk to no one except the Judge if they have questions. STEPS IN A JURY TRIAL 5. The Verdict The jury returns to the courtroom and the foreperson announces the decision. The attorneys may ask that the jury be polled.
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