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Michigan juries have been providing outstanding service and have set a high standard. The state of Michigan and your trial judge thanks you and all jurors for giving generously of your time and taking the jury's duty seriously.
The following five steps outline the trial process from jury selection to verdict:
When a jury trial is about to begin, the trial court judge requests a panel of prospective jurors to be sent to the courtroom from the jury assembly room so that the jury selection process can begin.
Learn about trial aspects such as juror duties, opening and closing statements, and presentation of evidence.
Either before or after the closing arguments by the lawyers, the judge will explain the law that applies to the case to you. This is the judge's instruction to the jury.
After closing statements by the attorneys and the judge's instructions on the law, the bailiff or court attendant will take you to the jury room for deliberations.
In your efforts to reach a verdict, keep in mind that you should consider only the evidence that was presented in the courtroom.