1.3.1 – Charge: Selecting a Foreperson
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My associate is about to ask you to select a foreperson.
The foreperson will speak on your behalf. He or she will be the person who asks me any questions you may have, and who tells me anything else that you want to say. At the end of the trial, it is the foreperson who will deliver your verdict.
Other than that, the foreperson is no different from any other juror. You are all equal judges of the facts in the case, and are all entitled to have your opinions considered equally. Just because a person is appointed as a spokesperson does not mean that his or her opinions about the case count more than those of anyone else, or should be given any greater respect.
Given the role played by the foreperson, the person you select should be someone who is not going to be shy about asking questions or interrupting proceedings. He or she should be a person who is willing to speak up when necessary, and who can communicate any questions or other matters to me.
Although the foreperson will ordinarily be the person who communicates with me, that does not prevent any of you from directly raising a matter with me if necessary. You also have the right to say if your position has been misstated in anything said here in the courtroom, by the foreperson or any other person.
Last updated: 14 November 2006