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Ten rules

As a juror you are in a position of responsibility and expected to conduct yourself in such a way that no one may question your impartiality and integrity. From the time you are summoned as a juror until the time you are discharged by the judge there are some basic rules to follow:

1. Listen carefully and observe
You will base your decision on the evidence presented to you.

2. Keep an open mind
Do not form hasty conclusions or opinions. Each party has spent considerable time and money in preparing the case presented to you. You would want others to allow you to fully explain your arguments on a subject; allow the parties that same courtesy.

3. Control your emotions
You may be confronted with exhibits or testimony which makes you uncomfortable. Be prepared. You should not show any visual or audible expressions that you have been affected.

4. Do not discuss the case
During the trial, you should not talk about the case to anyone, including other jurors. Outside discussions could cause you to form conclusions before all the evidence has been presented.

5. Do not read, view or listen to media accounts
Newspaper, radio or television reports might present a biased or unbalanced view of the case. Such accounts might then influence your future evaluation of the facts of the case.

6. Do not talk with anyone related to the case
You should not talk at all to the lawyers, parties, witnesses, or anyone connected to the case. This might be perceived as an attempt to influence your verdict.

7. Do not investigate the case on your own
If the judge determines that an inspection of the scene or premises involved in a case is appropriate, the judge will arrange for the jury as a whole to make this inspection, accompanied by the court officials and parties involved.

8. Report any problems to the court
If you become aware of anything that causes you concern, whether inside or outside the courtroom, the judge should be made aware of it. Report your concern to the bailiff or court clerk outside of the hearing of other jurors. Do not discuss the matter with other jurors, so that the minds of other jurors will not be influenced if the problem is significant.

9. Report emergencies to the court
If an emergency or illness affects your jury service during a trial, inform the bailiff or court clerk.

10. Be on time for court
Since each juror must hear all the evidence, tardiness causes delay and wastes the time of all involved.

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