What are Jury Instructions?

Jury instructions tell the jury what the laws are that govern a particular case. Each attorney gives the judge a set of proposed jury instructions. The judge considers each instruction and gives the one that properly states the law that applies to the case. The jurors must accept and follow the law as instructed by the judge, even though they may have a different idea about what the law is or ought to be.

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1. What are my responsibilities now that I’m part of a jury?
2. What is a “question of law”?
3. What is a “question of fact”?
4. Who else will be in the courtroom? What will they be doing?
5. What happens during a civil trial?
6. What are Jury Instructions?
7. Who awards damages in a civil case?
8. How are criminal cases tried?
9. What are the two types of criminal cases?
10. Who sets the punishment in a criminal case?
11. Why do the attorneys object to certain statements or evidence?
12. Why is the jury sometimes asked to leave the courtroom in the middle of a trial?
13. What should I do when testimony is stricken from the record?
14. Can I talk to anyone about the trial while it is going on?
15. Can I watch news reports of the trial or read newspaper accounts of it?
16. What if I accidentally hear something about the trial outside the courtroom, or if someone contacts me about the trial while it is still going on, or if I realize during the trial that I have some spe
17. What if I need a break during the trial?