Really loved this blog.
Not allowing jurors to ask questions is akin to not allowing patients to ask questions of their doctors. We always encourage patients to write down their thoughts before their appointment, lest they forget something critically important.
And honestly, twelve pairs of fresh eyes and ears are bound to think of something that a team of attorneys may have overlooked after months or years of honing in on a theme.
Thank you for allowing a repost.
There’s a story in the July 21 online edition of the Boston Globe about a trial in which jurors have asked 281 questions, and in my opinion, the piece skews rather negatively about the whole practice of allowing jurors to ask written questions during trials. That’s wrong: Juror questions are a good thing for you, Counsel, and you should be enabling them in every one of your trials.
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