Rule 4-9. Jury Trials

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Rule 4-9. Jury Trials

   A. Availability of Party or Counsel During Jury Deliberations. During jury deliberations, counsel and pro se parties shall keep the court informed of their location and shall keep themselves available on short notice personally or by telephone, as ordered by the court.

   B. Absence of Party or Counsel on Receipt of Verdict. Unless otherwise requested, the court will not deem it necessary in civil cases that any party be present in person or by counsel when the jury returns to the courtroom with its verdict.

   C. Presence of Defendant in Criminal Cases. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, all defendants in criminal cases shall, during the deliberations of the jury, remain in the building in which trial was held.

   D. Six-Person Jury. Civil cases may be tried to a six-person jury by stipulation of the parties and approval by the court.

   E. Jury Impanelment; Divisions of Court; Priority. For the purpose of jury trials, the court shall be divided into two groups, Divisions A and B, which shall alternate jury panels on a monthly basis. Judges assigned to Division A shall impanel juries during the month of January and each odd-numbered month thereafter in each calendar year. Judges assigned to Division B shall impanel juries during the month of February and each even-numbered month thereafter in each calendar year. Unless otherwise directed to do so by the presiding judge, the Court Administrator shall provide no juries to a judge other than during the assigned months. If the need arises for a judge to impanel a jury other than during the assigned month, the judge shall communicate such need to the presiding judge, and the presiding judge shall then make a determination whether the requesting judge should be allowed to impanel a jury other than during that judge's assigned month.

   F. Inadequate Number of Jurors. When there is not a sufficient number of jurors immediately available, the Court Administrator shall give priority to those courts trying criminal matters.

Adopted effective December 29, 1995; amended effective June 25, 1999.