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Function of Juries | 04 Jul 2011

Michigan Pilot Jury Program


Rose Lear brings us news of a pilot jury program in Michigan:

Jurors discuss Springer trial, decision – Part of Michigan Pilot Jury Program

The ability of jurors to question witnesses is part of a pilot program in Michigan that’s been under way since 2008.

Under the experimental program, the 14-member Springer jury receives copies of reports and other evidence as it is introduced.

Jurors may discuss evidence in the jury room while the trial is in progress as long as all members are present.

The program is being tried in several circuit courts and district courts. At the end of the experiment this year, the state Supreme Court will decide if any changes could be implemented in courts statewide.

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