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April 2014 Archives

Procedural Rules of Court

There has been a significant change to the Procedural Rules of Court with regard to jurors. You may have recently read some articles in statewide publications with regard to alternate jurors. Routinely at the end of a trial, alternate jurors were set free to go once deliberations began. The Rule, by Order of the State Supreme Court, has now been altered so that alternates shall be kept ready during deliberations in case a juror has to be replaced due to various legitimate reasons. The alternates will not be part of the deliberations; however, they will be sitting ready to step in if they are needed.

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