How should we conduct our deliberations?

Each juror may have a different opinion at the start of the deliberations. To reach a decision, some jurors may have to change their opinion. You should keep an open mind; listen carefully to other people's opinions, and the reasons for their opinions. You should be prepared to tell the other jurors what you think and why you think it. Be fair and carefully consider what your fellow jurors are saying. Do not let yourself be intimidated into changing your opinion, and do not intimidate anyone else. Change your opinion only if you genuinely agree with what another juror is saying. After a full discussion of the issues, the jury should be able to reach a decision that each juror can agree to with a clear conscience.

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1. Do we all have to agree?
2. How should we conduct our deliberations?
3. What happens after the closing arguments?
4. What if we do not understand the jury instructions?
5. What is the first thing we do?
6. What should we do after we have reached our verdict?
7. Will anyone be in the jury room besides the jury?