1.1-6 Limitation on Contact with Jurors
Revised to January 1, 2008
Under the rules of juror conduct, you
must not speak to anyone about any aspect of this case while it is in progress.
You will be instructed to use only certain routes to the courtroom to avoid
contact with parties, witnesses, and lawyers.
While the court staff and I will greet
you and give you any necessary instructions, we are not permitted to talk to
jurors about a case while it is going on. Similarly, the lawyers are bound by a
rule of professional conduct that forbids them from having any contact with
jurors during a trial, so you should not hold it against any party or lawyer
that they maintain their distance and do not converse with you if you see them
in the building.
Jurors are supposed to decide cases
strictly on the basis of the evidence and law presented in court, and these
rules exist to keep away any outside influences of any kind.