i got my first letter to do jury duty and I've heard little about it but can someone tell me what you really do in there?
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Typically, you will be part of a group, consisting of royghly 30 people, that are considered potential jurors.
When you go into the court room, the judge, lawyers, and defendant will be there, and they will explain the nature of the case. Then, 12 people will be randomly called into the jury box, where the lawyers will explain what is expected of you during the trial.
Now, the lawyers want impartial juries, or more specifically, juries that won't be biased against them, so they will ask those 12, people a series of questions relevant to the case, in order to determine your personal slant on the issue. As an example, if they're defending someone that is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, they don't want anyone who believes in strict gun control laws, so they'll ask if anyone is opposed to gun ownership.
If you feel that you have something relevant to offer, such as, "I strongly favor gun control," you can raise your hand, and let them know. Once they've gone through all their questions, those 12 people will be asked to step into another room while the lawyers decide whether to keep everyone, or let someone go, based on their responses.
Once they've decided, the 12 people will be brought back, at which point, the judge will dismiss anyone that the lawyers don't want to keep. At that point, sineone else from the pool (those remaining of the original 30) will be asked to take their place, and the lawyers will ask those new people the same (or similar) questions.
This will continue until a full jury has been selected, at which point, the judge will give them specific instructions, and send everyone else home.
I hope that helps.1