In a civil trial involving an accident matter, a medical malpractice matter or a wrongful death matter there will be six members of the community who sit in judgment of your case.
The jury will be asked to determine if you are more likely right than wrong that what you are claiming is true.
Jurors who are selected to sit in judgment are 'fact finders'.
That means jurors will decide what the facts are against competing testimony.
The jury decides, collectively, whether you are entitled to a verdict in your favor.
They don't have to sit there for days or weeks making absolutely certain that what you're claiming is true.
Instead, you only have to show you are slightly more likely right than wrong that what you are claiming is true.
In addition to the six jurors who will be evaluating the testimony, there will be a few backup jurors as well.
These are known as alternate jurors.
Depending on they type of case and the approximate time it will take to try the case the judge may decide to have us pick two or three jurors.
This way, if one of the main jurors are unable to continue with the trial, one of the alternate jurors will get selected to fill in for the juror who can no longer continue.
You also need to know that not all six jurors have to agree in order to achieve a verdict in your favor.
In fact, we only need five out of six jurors to agree on any question.
Nor do we need the same five jurors to agree on other questions the jury must answer to reach their verdict.
To learn the inside scoop about how jury selection really works here in New York, I invite you to watch the quick video below...