Speaking to the Jury

Am I permitted to talk to the jury during my trial?

No.  You should avoid talking with the jury at any other time, even if you meet a member of the jury in the hallway or restroom.  No one can speak directly with the jury except the judge;s court officer.

Of course, the jury will hear you testify.  But you should avoid any other contact with the jury whatsoever.  The jury will be told by the judge that they cannot talk with any lawyer or witness in the case, and therefore the jury will not hold it against you if you follow the judge’s instructions.

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