During the trial, the jury listens to and examines all of the evidence presented. Although jurors have historically not been allowed to ask questions during the trial, some jurisdictions do actually permit juror questions.
While some courts may allow jurors to take notes, the majority of courts do not allow this practice. Jurors may not discuss the case with anyone else, even other jurors, until deliberation begins.
Before jury deliberation, the jury receives instructions on the law related to the case and the implications of guilty or not guilty verdicts. Jury instructions may also tell jurors how to deal with certain types of evidence or testimony presented during the trial.
Jury instructions also help jurors understand the standards they must reach to convict defendants. The evidence must show beyond a reasonable doubt that defendants committed the crime.
In most states, the jury instructions are a standardized set of guidelines, also…
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