How to Demand either a Jury Trial or Bench Trial:

demand for a jury:

1. A prerequisite in many jurisdictions to a right to a jury trial.  The demand is made by filing a formal demand or notice that a jury trial is desired, even by merely placing the case upon the list or calendar of jury cases.  31 Am J Rev ed Jur § 40[1]


Demanding a Jury in a Civil Proceedings:

     See Step 2 within the Civil Complaint Form Self-Help Walk-Through. You may be required to pay a jury fee when selecting a jury trial.

 Jury Fee – a (usually minimal) fee that a party to a civil suit must pay the court clerk to be entitled to a jury trial.

Demanding a Jury in a Criminal Proceedings:

     The judge will generally ask if you would prefer a jury trial or a bench trial.

Bench Trial – a trial before a judge without a jury; a “nonjury” or “juryless” trial.


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[1]: 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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