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What is Jury Duty like in Texas criminal trials?

By Sholdon Daniels

Serving on a jury can be a rewarding but also demanding experience. If you are selected to serve on a jury in Texas, here's what you can expect:

  1. You will be sworn in: Before the trial begins, you will be sworn in and asked to take an oath to be a fair and impartial juror. This means that you must base your decision on the evidence presented in court and not be influenced by outside factors.

  2. You will hear the case: During the trial, you will listen to both sides present their case, including testimony from witnesses and the introduction of evidence. It's important to pay attention and take notes if you think it will help you remember the details of the case.

  3. You will deliberate: After both sides have presented their case, the jury will retire to a private room to discuss the evidence and come to a verdict. During deliberations, it's important to listen to the views of other jurors and to be open to considering different perspectives.

  4. You will reach a verdict: After discussing the case, the jury will vote to reach a verdict. In order to reach a verdict, at least 10 out of 12 jurors must agree.

Serving on a jury can be a challenging but important civic duty. It's an opportunity to play a role in the legal system and to help ensure that justice is served.

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