The Right to Trial by Jury
Criminal defendants are entitled to trial by jury—under most circumstances.
What do jurors do?
Jurors are randomly drawn from a court’s geographical area, typically from voter and motor vehicle registration lists.
A trial jury is supposed to serve only as a "fact finder": that is, to evaluate the veracity of witnesses and the strength of evidence presented at trial, then apply the law to that evidence in ord
External Influences on Juries
Jury tampering is a crime that occurs when people improperly influence jurors. Jurors can also be improperly influenced—sometimes by their own doing—without anyone committing a crime.
Jury Selection in Criminal Cases
The right to trial by jury in criminal cases is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as the laws of every state.
Discrimination in Jury Selection
During jury selection in a criminal trial, the prosecution and defense have the opportunity to remove potential jurors whom they don’t want on the jury.