Because of what is shown on TV, a lot of people are confused about who actually sits on a jury, and how the process works. In many instances people think that what they see in criminal cases is how things will play out in civil cases. From the standard of beyond a reasonable doubt, to how many people sit on a Maryland civil jury, there is a lot of room for confusion.
First, only 6 people will sit on your jury, with a set number of alternate jurors. These alternates will be determined by the type and duration of the case. Each side will have a say so as to who will be impaneled on the jury itself.
Next, jurors are taken from your county’s motor vehicle and or county motor vehicle registration pool. This is how you get a jury of your “peers.” So if you are wondering, if you are say, in your early 30s, will your jury be all people in their early 30s, then you will more than likely be badly mistaken.
If you are the victim of medical malpractice here in Maryland and have more questions of the process, or you are looking for clarification as to whether you have a possible legal claim, we invite you to give us a call. We can be reached at 301-850-4832. We answer questions like yours all the time and we would be glad to hear your story.