This was an innovations of English common law. Historically, it came from the Angles and Saxons, but it was also employed in Normandy prior to the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is a group of citizens called to hear a trial of a civil lawsuit or a criminal prosecution. In a civil case, the jury determines the prevailing party and the amount of damages. In a criminal case, the jury decides the factual questions of guilt or innocence. Once selected, a jury is sworn to give an honest and fair decision. All factual questions are decided by the jury. All legal questions are decided by the judge presiding at the trial. The judge explains those issues to the members of the jury in “jury instructions”. In a personal injury case, any party may ask to have the case heard by a jury. Depending upon what court the case is tried in, a jury may consist of between 6 to 12 people.

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