Jury selection started Monday in the George Zimmerman trial. It is not exactly clear how long the whole process is expected to take. Below are answers to a few of the most common questions we've seen.
Why only six jurors?
Legal analyst Mark NeJame explains that a jury of six people is allowed because it is not capital case.
Florida Statute 913.10
Number of jurors.—Twelve persons shall constitute a jury to try all capital cases, and six persons shall constitute a jury to try all other criminal cases.
History.—s. 191, ch. 19554, 1939; CGL 1940 Supp. 8663(198); s. 87, ch. 70-339.
What is the process?
One hundred of those summoned for duty are filling out a questionnaire Judge Debra Nelson wrote. That is expected to take an hour. Once they narrow it down to 21 people, they will move into the courtroom for questions one-on-one from the attorneys. Zimmerman is present to meet the jury pool. A copy of the jury questionaire has not been provided.
What was on the jury questionaire?
The questionaire will be made public once a jury is seated.
How is a juror selected to be summoned?
From the Seminole Clerk of Courts website:
Names are randomly selected from the list of names supplied annually by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. If you are chosen as a juror, you will be notified by mail. The jury summons you receive will include the time, date and place of your appearance, an excusal form, a Code-a-Phone number, and a group letter. (This is used in assigning you to a specific courtroom, later in the selection process).
Will the jury be sequestered?
During a hearing Tuesday, May 28, Judge Nelson ruled that the jury will not be sequestered, but they will only be identified by their numbers during trial. The media has agreed not to take video or photographs of the jury.
What is an anonymous jury?
According to Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, one extreme form of jury secrecy is keeping the identities of jurors totally secret. Anonymous juries are a recent, and increasingly popular, phenomenon. The policy was intended to prevent electronic access to juror identities during trial and does not prevent post-trial access to the identities, which are available in the jury management database maintained by each federal district court.
How can they protect the jury?
Legal analyst Mark NeJame says the court has taken measures to protect the jury with the items described above.
How much is the jury paid?
Payment information from Seminole County Clerk of Courts website:
Jurors who are regularly employed and receive regular wages during jury duty are not entitled to compensation for the first three days of jury service. Jurors who are not regularly employed or who do not receive regular wages during jury duty are entitled to $15.00 per day for the first three days of jury service. Jurors who serve more than three days will be paid by the state for the fourth and subsequent days of service at the rate of $30.00 per day, regardless of employment status. You will not receive compensation for mileage.
What questions were asked Monday?
Check the minute-by-minute updates.