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1.1-5 Questions by Jurors

Revised to January 1, 2008

In most trials, only the lawyers, and, at times, the judge, ask questions of the witnesses, and the jurors do not have any opportunity to ask questions.  In this case I have decided that it may be useful to allow you that opportunity as well.

This is the procedure we will follow:

After the lawyers have each finished questioning a witness, I will have the (marshal / clerk) collect from you any question that you have written down that you would like the witness to answer.

I will review those questions out of your presence.  If they are questions that are permitted under the rules of evidence and under the rules that apply to trials such as this one, I will ask the question, or the substance of it, to the witness.  You should not take it personally or make any adverse inference should your question not be asked.  The lawyers will then have an opportunity to ask the witness any questions that follow from that question and answer.

Authority

Practice Book § 16-7; Spitzer v. Haims & Co., 217 Conn. 532, 546-48 (1991).

Notes

It is within the discretion of the trial judge to allow questioning by jurors.
 


 

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