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Jury Glossary
NameDescription
AffidavitA sworn statements of fact regarding the issue at hand.
AffirmativeShowing that the answer is 'yes' rather than 'no'.
Closing ArgumentThe final argument by an attorney on behalf of his/her client after all evidence has been produced for both sides.
District AttorneyAn elected or appointed public official of a county or a designated district with the responsibility to: investigate alleged crimes in cooperation with law enforcement, file criminal charges, and prosecute crimes.
ExhibitA document, record or other tangible object formally introduced as evidence in the court.
FelonyA serious crime that can be punished by more than one year in prison or by death
ImpanelmentThe selection and installation of a jury.
JurorAny person who actually serves on a jury.
Juror SummonsA process issued by the court commanding the appearance of an individual to attend and be available for duty on a petit or grand jury at a specified place, time, and date.
Jury PanelThe list from which jurors for a particular trial may be chosen.
MalfeasanceIntentionally doing something either legally or morally wrong which one had no right to do.
MisfeasanceCommitting a wrong or error by mistake, negligence or inadvertence, but not by intentional wrongdoing.
MistrialA trial that terminates without a verdict because of a deadlock by a jury without reaching a verdict after lengthy deliberation (a 'hung' jury), error, necessity, or prejudicial misconduct.
ParliamentarianAn expert in the rules and usages of a deliberative assembly.
Pro TemShort for the Latin pro tempore, meaning temporarily or for the time being.
TriableSubject to examination or determination by a court of law.
Voir DireThe questioning of prospective jurors by a judge and attorneys in court.
WatchdogA guard against loss, waste, theft, or undesirable practices.
My Jury Duty PortalWith My Jury Duty Portal you can register for jury service, check your reporting instructions, complete an online orientation, request a postponement, provide an excuse, and request a new court location.
Jury Transportation ProgramsThe Metro TAP Card and JuryLink (Metrolink) programs are two transportation programs offered to jurors who serve jury duty in lieu of their mileage fees (beginning on the second day of service).
Grand JuryA jury, normally of twenty-three jurors, selected to examine the validity of an accusation before trial.
Art Showcased in
Los Angeles Courthouse Jury Rooms
Artwork
"Dancing Puppets" by Nancy Artis
2005 – 3rd Place Professional

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