Laws involving the number of citizens on a jury vary slightly from state to state, but in a typical criminal case there are twelve, and In a typical civil case (involving a lawsuit), there are six.
Jury selection when there are only six jury members is obviously very important. For example, a man or woman who had been involved in a difficult divorce case would probably have a difficult time being impartial on a jury in a divorce case.
In a bizarre case in Florida, six jurors on a single jury who denied being involved in litigation had, in fact, been involved in no less than 16(!) civil cases. There were domestic violence cases, paternity cases, child support actions, and others. In the end, every single juror had been involved in undisclosed litigation.
The case involved a nursing home fall that resulted in the death of an 84-year-old woman who fell down the stairs of her nursing home and subsequently died as a result of her injuries. The jury found the nursing home blameless in the injury.
Being part of a jury is a huge responsibility, and jurors should be forthcoming about their backgrounds. Even so, it is part of a lawyer’s job to conduct enough of an investigation to determine whether or not the jurors have been honest about their backgrounds.
In this day and age, a simple web search should have been enough to raise a few red flags. At my law offices we have the experience and expertise to manage every aspect of your nursing home neglect or nursing home abuse case. In the event that a case does require a jury, you can be certain that we will be thorough and professional throughout the entire process.