What is the purpose of a jury?


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The purpose of a jury is to ensure a person has as fair of a trial as possible. The jury hears evidence of the case along with arguments from the defense and prosecutor.

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After going over the evidence and hearing cases from both sides, the jury has the job of deciding whether or not there is enough evidence to render a guilty verdict. If there is not enough evidence, the jury can hand down a verdict of not guilty. The right to a jury trial is afforded to citizens facing a criminal trial in the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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