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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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Jury

Juries consist of 6 to 12 people called jurors. The number depends on the kind of case and the local statutes. The jury decides the facts and how the law, as interpreted by the judge, should be applied to the facts.

When Is a Jury Needed?

Not all trials must be decided by a judge with a jury. In fact, a jury is not mandatory in civil suits. However, if the plaintiff or defendant chooses, a jury can be used, but only to decide the facts of the case. The judge still makes decisions about how to interpret the law.
People choose to use juries when they believe that their case has emotional appeal. The hope is that jurors will be more sympathetic than a judge alone. In reality, there’s no guarantee that a jury will feel more kindly toward ...

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