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2.9-4 Use of Notes During Deliberations

Revised to January 1, 2008

As I told you at the beginning of the trial, the notes you may have taken are simply aids to your individual memory.

When you deliberate, you should rely on your independent recollection of the evidence you have seen and heard during the trial.  You should not give precedence to your own notes or to any other juror's notes over your independent recollection of the evidence, because, as we all know, notes are not necessarily accurate or complete.

Jurors who have not taken notes should rely on their own recollection of the evidence and should not be influenced in any way by the fact that other jurors have taken notes.  Your deliberations should be determined not by what is or is not in your notes but by your independent recollection of the evidence.  If you have a question about any particular testimony, you may ask that it be read or played back to you from the official record, so there is no need to rely on notes.


Practice Book 16-7; Esaw v. Friedman, 217 Conn. 553, 561 (1991).


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