1.1-9 Deaf or Hearing Impaired
Revised to January 1, 2008
Before you began your service in this
case, you took a solemn oath. In that oath, you swore that you would make a
true interpretation to (Mr./Ms.) <name of deaf or hearing impaired juror>
of all testimony and other proceedings that would take place in (his/her)
presence in this case.
You also swore that if (Mr./Ms.)
<name of deaf or hearing impaired juror> were chosen to serve on this jury,
you would assist (him/her) as an interpreter throughout the trial, including the
jury deliberations, but that apart from making true interpretations of (his/her)
remarks to the other jurors and of the remarks of the other jurors to (him/her),
or in (his/her) presence, you would refrain from participating in any manner in
the jury deliberations, and would refrain from having communications with anyone
outside the jury concerning the business or matters in the jurors' hands. Now,
as the trial of this case begins, I wish to remind you of your oath, in the
presence of the entire jury, for two important reasons.
First, I want to be certain that you
remember your oath and are faithful to it throughout the trial. Remember,
importantly, that you are not a juror in this case. (Mr./Ms.) <name of deaf
or hearing impaired juror> is a juror, and you are here solely as
(his/her) sworn interpreter.
Second, I want to be sure that the
jurors fully understand and appreciate the legal limits under which you must do
your work. Respecting those limits, the jurors must make no attempt whatsoever
to otherwise involve you in this trial.