Juror's Manual

You have been called to serve as a juror. Nothing a citizen can be asked to do is more important. You will help to decide what happens to the liberty or property of other people. You will want to do your best to assure that the jury on which you sit returns a fair and impartial verdict.
  1. Trial
  2. Role as a Juror
  3. Civil & Criminal Cases
  4. Jury Selection
  5. Conduct of Trial
  6. Witnesses
  7. Arguments
  8. Jury Instructions
  9. Jury Deliberations
  10. Verdict
  11. During the Trial
If you have never been a juror before, you may have questions about what happens in the courtroom and about your role as a juror. A trial is an orderly method for determining the facts of a dispute, applying the law to those facts, and deciding the case. It is a civilized society's way of settling arguments peaceably and fairly, in place of "might makes right." The goal of a trial is simply to do justice.
Written in cooperation with the Standard Criminal Jury Instruction Committee of the State Bar of Michigan. © The State Bar of Michigan 1991.
State Bar of Michigan
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Lansing, Michigan 48933
Phone: 517-372-9030