Polling the Jury – a procedure whereby each juror who participated in the verdict is asked individually if they support the verdict, or if they were coerced or induced into agreeing

polling the jury:

1. Individually examining the jurors who participated in a verdict to ascertain whether they unanimously support the verdict. [1]

1. Examining the jurors individually to ascertain whether they are unanimous in support of the verdict.  53 Am J1st Trial § 1015.

A procedure whereby each juror is asked individually the finding at which he has arrived, creating individual responsibility by requiring each juror to answer for himself, and affording the court an opportunity to ascertain with certainty that a unanimous verdict has in fact been reached and that no juror has been coerced or induced to agree to a verdict to which he has not fully assented.  21 Am J2d Crim L § 371. [2]


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[1]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931


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