Jury Basics in Florida

Tue, Jul 16, 2013

General Legal Issues

Some rights reserved by alexanderdrachmannFlorida juries are certainly in the news because of the George Zimmerman trial. Here is a smattering of basics about Florida juries.

Size

A big question has been why there were only six jurors in the Zimmerman trial, instead of the more traditional 12 jurors. This article on the CBS news website explains the Williams v. Florida decision that allows only six jurors.

Jury Instructions

Florida has standard jury instructions, found here on the Florida Supreme Court’s website. We have also written about how social media has affected jury instructions–check out that post here.

Jury Service

Each district in Florida has varying jury service requirements and instructions. Click here to learn more about jury service in Sarasota. Click here to learn more about jury service in Bradenton. The basics about where to show up and what to expect for each county are important. The literature that you receive when you are notified of your jury duty is also important, as it provides important information about jury service particular to you.

The Florida State Statutes specify that jurors shall be taken from the male and female persons at least 18 years of age who are citizens of the United States and legal residents of this state and their respective counties and who possess a driver’s license or identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles pursuant to chapter 322 or who have executed the affidavit prescribed in s. 40.011.” There are many other rules and procedures for juries, found in Title V, Chapter 40.

Attorney Christopher D. Smith is a Lakewood Ranch, Florida attorney with SmithLaw Attorneys. He concentrates in bankruptcy, civil litigation, probate, and elder exploitation cases in the Sarasota and Bradenton area. Call 941 907-4774 to learn more and to ask about our free consultations.

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