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RELATIONSHIP WITH JURY - MN Bench Book - Trial Procedures & Practices for Judges
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RELATIONSHIP WITH JURY

From MN Bench Book - Trial Procedures & Practices for Judges

A. Selection process:
Judge should ask preliminary questions about background
Inform panel members that they can answer sensitive questions in private
Limit questions by attorneys on law
Limits or prevents attorneys from conveying information to panel members during selection process
Prohibit attorneys from eliciting promises from jurors
B. Determine transportation, health, hearing, seeing needs
C. Comfort
Breaks
Allows beverages in jury box
Instructs jury, in preliminary instructions, about standing, stretch, and chatting about anything (except trial) during bench conferences
D. Instructions:
Begining of trial
End of trial
Go over trial procedure at beginning of trial with attorneys in court room in
presence of jury.
E. Informs jurors about limits in Communications:
With judge
With attorneys
With others
F. Juror badges
G. Monitors verbal and non-verbal communication of spectators to control or prevent harassment and intimidation
H. Allow note taking by jurors.
I. Questions by jurors of witnesses.
J. Gives jurors specific behavior they utilize to communicate with judge and or staff during trial