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The jurors elect their own foreperson. The foreperson presides over the jury's deliberations and must give every juror a fair opportunity to express his or her views.

Jurors must enter the discussion with open minds. They should freely exchange views. Jurors should not hesitate to change an opinion if convinced that it is wrong.

In a criminal case, all jurors must agree on a verdict. To reach a verdict in a civil case, six of the eight jurors must agree.

Each juror has a duty to give full consideration to the opinions of the other jurors. The jurors have an obligation to reach a verdict whenever possible. However, no juror is required to give up an honest opinion which he or she is convinced is correct.

Jurors are sworn to pass judgment on the facts in a particular case. They have no concern beyond that case. Jurors violate their oath if they base their verdict in the slightest degree on the anticipated effect on other cases, or events.


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