Harvey Ruvin - Clerk of the Courts - Miami-Dade County, Florida

Conduct for Jurors on Trials

All jurors should observe the following simple rules of conduct:

  • Do not use electronic devises or social media during the trial.
  • Carefully follow all instructions of the judge.
  • Do not be late for court. The trial cannot proceed until all jurors are present.
  • Sit in the same seat in the jury box. This allows the judge, lawyers and clerk to identify you more easily.
  • Listen carefully. It is important that you hear every question asked and every answer given since your verdict will be based on the evidence presented.
  • Do not talk to anyone about the case until the judge instructs that you are allowed to do so. This includes the clerk, lawyers, judge, bailiff, family and friends. You may not talk to other jurors about the case until you all have retired to the jury room for final deliberations. If anyone tries to talk to you about the case or attempts to influence you as a juror, you should report it to the judge immediately.