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at the start of trial. Some judges also provide separate notecards for the

* Can Jurors Ask Questions During Trials? A Growing Trend in

questions.) Once you have written your questions, you will hand them

US Courtrooms, by  Charles Montaldo (www.thoughtco.com/

to the deputy. The lawyers/parties and I will then review the questions

jurors-asking-questions-during-trials-970838)

to see if there are any objections - just as lawyers can ask objection-

* Of Course Jurors Should Ask Questions, by Judge John R. Stegner,

able questions, you might, too. I will then ask the witness all the proper

(http://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/litigationnews/articles-

questions. After that, the parties/attorneys will have an opportunity to

print/073013-jurors-ask-questions-summer13.html)

follow up. If I do not ask one of your questions, it simply means that the

There are many other articles and cases discussing this topic. We

question cannot be asked of that particular witness. It does not mean

encourage you to consider joining this trend, so that your jurors will

that it is a bad question; it just is a question that will not be asked of that

have the information they need to make the best, most-informed deci-

witness. And, of course, questions are not evidence; only answers are.

sions they can. ●

The effect this process has had on juror engagement has been profound. Jurors listen more attentively and remain much more alert through-

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

out witness testimony. The questions typically are on point (we have

Judge Wesley B. "Wes" Tailor is one of ten judges serving

yet to have a juror ask a witness his/her zodiac sign) and often prompt

on the Fulton County State Court. Judge Tailor earned his

the attorneys to clarify issues they otherwise may not have realized

law degree from the University of Kentucky and undergradu-

needed clarification. More tellingly, when we chat with the jurors after

ate degree from the University of Richmond. Before going

the trial and mention that juror questions are relatively (and regrettably)

on the bench Judge Tailor practiced at the Georgia Secretary of State's

uncommon in Georgia, they express dismay that, in a future trial, they

office. Judge Tailor is an Atlanta native, who was born and raised in

might be relegated to such a passive role. 

Fulton County in what is now the City of Sandy Springs.

We have heard some lawyers complain that now the jury is doing the

Judge Robert C. I. McBurney serves on the Superior Court

job of the lawyer. In allowing jurors to ask questions, we have never

of Fulton County. He earned his undergraduate and law

observed jurors doing anything other than what they are tasked to do

degrees from Harvard University. He was appointed to the

- find the facts of the case from the evidence and return a verdict that

bench in 2012. Prior to serving on this court, Judge McBurney

speaks the truth.

was an assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of

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Georgia. Judge McBurney is a Master of the Bleckley Inn of Court and
the Lamar Inn of Court.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Spring 2018

President’s Message
How I Obtained Justice: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
Thank You to Outgoing Verdict Chairman, Madeleine Simmons
Look Before You Leap: Conducting Jury Focus Groups Before Trial
Voir Dire In Low Speed, Soft Tissue Injury Cases
Defeating Reptile Theory Motions in Limine
Leading the Jury Down the Right Path: Framing Your Case During Voir Dire
Hernandez v. State: Empowering Jurors to Seek the Truth
Exploding Takata Airbags From Cover-Up To Accountability
Using Simple Technology to Pick a Better Jury
Case Updates: Who Really Loses When Medical Funding Becomes an Issue at Trial?
Professional Practice Pointers: Voir Dire, An interview with Cobb County State Court Judge Allison Barnes Salter
Dig In To Do Good: Making the World a Better Place
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Champion Members
Meet The Experts
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Intro
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - bellyband2
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover1
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - 10
Verdict - Spring 2018 - President’s Message
Verdict - Spring 2018 - How I Obtained Justice: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 13
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 14
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Thank You to Outgoing Verdict Chairman, Madeleine Simmons
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Look Before You Leap: Conducting Jury Focus Groups Before Trial
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - 20
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Voir Dire In Low Speed, Soft Tissue Injury Cases
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 22
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - 24
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 25
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Defeating Reptile Theory Motions in Limine
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 27
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 28
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Leading the Jury Down the Right Path: Framing Your Case During Voir Dire
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 30
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Hernandez v. State: Empowering Jurors to Seek the Truth
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 32
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 33
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Exploding Takata Airbags From Cover-Up To Accountability
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 35
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 36
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Using Simple Technology to Pick a Better Jury
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Case Updates: Who Really Loses When Medical Funding Becomes an Issue at Trial?
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 39
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Professional Practice Pointers: Voir Dire, An interview with Cobb County State Court Judge Allison Barnes Salter
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Dig In To Do Good: Making the World a Better Place
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 42
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Champion Members
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 44
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Meet The Experts
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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