criminal court records

Jury Trials

If a criminal case goes to trial, 12 citizens will be selected to serve on a jury, along with one or more alternates (alternates are selected in case one of the regular jurors becomes ill or incapacitated or is otherwise unable to serve during the course of the trial).

Jury trials are open to the public (although jury selection, which is known as "voir dire," may be closed in some cases, and conferences between the judge and the attorneys in the case may be held in private during the trial).

Reporters should not interact with jurors in any way during a trial.

General information on the witnesses called and evidence introduced during the trial will be filed in the criminal court record.

Exhibits presented at the trial, such as photographs and other physical evidence, also will be preserved (usually in a separate exhibit room that is part of the county criminal clerk's office).

A record of the jury's verdict will be filed in the criminal court case. Juries in criminal cases must unanimously agree on a guilty verdict, and the legal standard for such a verdict is that the jurors must be certain "beyond a reasonable doubt" of the defendant's guilt.

Transcripts of Trial Testimony

A court reporter also will produce a transcript of the testimony in a jury trial, but that usually is not filed in the court record.

If you want a transcript of testimony in a jury trial, you'll have pay the court reporter to provide you with a copy, or ask either the prosecutor or the defense attorney if you can review their copies.