(“Your”) job as a juror is to listen to all the evidence presented at trial, then “decide the facts” - decide what really happened. The judge’s job is to “decide the law” - make decisions on legal issues that come up during the trial. All must do their job well if our system of trial by jury is to work.
You do not need special knowledge or ability to do your job. It is enough that you keep an open mind, use common sense, concentrate on the evidence presented, and be fair and honest in your deliberations.
Remember: Don’t be influenced by sympathy or prejudice. It is vital that you be impartial with regard to all testimony and ideas presented at the trial.
We hope you find your experience as a juror interesting and satisfying. Thanks for your willingness to serve for jury duty!
To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years of age, and either a Tulalip Tribal member living on or near the Tulalip Indian Reservation, a resident of the Tulalip Indian Reservation, or an employee of the Tulalip Tribes or any of its entities, agencies, or subdivisions for at least one continuous year.
Those eligible may be excused from jury service if they have illnesses which would interfere with their ability to do a good job, would suffer great hardship if required to serve, or are unable to serve for other legitimate reasons.In short, you were chosen because you are eligible and able to serve. You are now part of the “jury pool” - a group of citizens from which trial juries are chosen.
Though some questions may seem personal, you should answer them completely and honestly. If you are uncomfortable answering them, tell the judge and he/she may ask them privately.Remember: Questions are not asked to embarrass you. They are intended to make sure members of the jury have no opinions or past experiences which might prevent them from making an impartial decision.
You may be struck by how much waiting you have to do. For example, you may have to wait before you are placed on a jury. During trial, you may have to wait in the jury room while the judge and the lawyers settle questions of law.Judges and other courtroom personnel will do everything they can to minimize the waiting both before and during the trial.
Jury cases are either criminal or civil.
Civil Cases: Civil cases are disputes between private citizens, corporations, Tulalip Tribal governments, Tulalip agencies, or other organizations. Usually, the party who brings a suit is asking for money damages for some alleged wrong that has been done, for example, a homeowner may sue a contractor for failure to fix a leaky roof. People who have been injured may sue the person or company they feel is responsible for the injury.
The party that brings the suit is call the plaintiff, the one being sued is call the defendant. There may be a number of plaintiffs or defendants in the same case.
Criminal Cases: A criminal case is brought by the Tulalip Tribes, against one or more persons accused of committing a crime. In these cases, the Tulalip Tribes is the plaintiff; the accused person is the defendant. The defendant is informed of the charge or charges called a complaint or information.
Events in a trial usually happen in a particular order, though the order may be changed by the judge. Here’s the usual order of events:
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