Why is the jury sometimes asked to leave the courtroom in the middle of a trial?

The judge may decide to send the jury from the courtroom in the middle of a trial. While the jury is gone, the attorneys and the judge will discuss points of law or whether certain evidence can be admitted. The purpose of these discussions is to make sure that the jury hears only the evidence that is legally valid before making its decision. You will be called back to the courtroom when the judge's decision is made.

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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?