2.9-11 Discharge Jury
Revised to January 1, 2008
Your verdict in this case has now been
accepted, and it is time to discharge you from your oath. The time and energy
you have spent listening to the evidence and to the charge and in deliberating
to a verdict is greatly appreciated by the parties and by the court. Jury
service is both a burden and a privilege of our legal system, which could not
function without your participation. We thank you for your efforts.
The oath that you took at the
beginning of this case obligated you to keep silence about your work as jurors
during the trial. Having rendered your verdict, you are released from that
oath. It is, of course, up to you to decide whether or not to talk about your
work as jurors. You certainly have no obligation to do so [and you should be
aware that any comment you make might become the cause of further proceedings in
this court concerning your verdict].
You are now discharged. You should
report to the jury administration room and tell them you have been discharged.