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What The Jury Can’t Be Told: Why Do the Judge and Lawyers Meet Without the Jury?

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This month, we will be looking at things that we cannot tell the jury during a trial. It is truly unfortunate that as the party with the burden of proof, meaning the party that has to prove everything by a standard more likely true than not, that we cannot tell the jury the truth. I absolutely believe that the jury, during a trial, will start wondering about things that they are not told. Because of this I am always concerned that my client will bear the brunt of not being able to be forthright and get all the information across during the trial. It is one of the many ways an experienced personal injury lawyer can make sure your rights are protected as best they can be under the law.

What happens in chambers and at the bench outside the jury’s hearing is important. Jurors should not read too much into what takes place during things they are not part of. The judge does that in order to protect the record and to make sure issues that could be prejudicial to the jury do not come out. There is another situation where the person with the burden of proof can be penalized because the jurors have these questions that they should not have.

If you, your family or someone you know is going to trial in a personal injury case, you need to have an experienced trial lawyer on your side with success in helping people who are injured through no fault of their own. Because of all the potential ways that the insurance companies can take advantage, you need to know what your rights are and the best way to try your case.