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2.9-11 Discharge Jury

Revised to January 1, 2008

Your verdict in this case has now been accepted, and it is time to discharge you from your oath.  The time and energy you have spent listening to the evidence and to the charge and in deliberating to a verdict is greatly appreciated by the parties and by the court.  Jury service is both a burden and a privilege of our legal system, which could not function without your participation.  We thank you for your efforts.

The oath that you took at the beginning of this case obligated you to keep silence about your work as jurors during the trial.  Having rendered your verdict, you are released from that oath.  It is, of course, up to you to decide whether or not to talk about your work as jurors.  You certainly have no obligation to do so [and you should be aware that any comment you make might become the cause of further proceedings in this court concerning your verdict].

You are now discharged.  You should report to the jury administration room and tell them you have been discharged.

Authority

General Statutes §1-25 (civil juror's oath).

Notes

A task force on post-verdict questioning of jurors has issued this recommended charge.  The portion in brackets may be given at the discretion of the judge.
 


 

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