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Evidence: What is it?

There is nothing mysterious about evidence. It is the information that you use in reaching your verdict. But not all information is considered evidence and allowed in court.

There are specific legal rules which govern what information a jury may receive and consider. Each attorney has the right to object to the admission of certain information if he or she believes that it is not proper for consideration. The judge acts as the gatekeeper and, depending on interpretation of the law, rules either for or against the objecting lawyer. This process assures you will hear and see only the information that you legally are allowed to consider in reaching your verdict. The judge is not acting arbitrarily, but is merely applying the rules of evidence as he or she understands them. Do not be swayed by the actions or arguments of the attorneys or the rulings on evidence by the judge. Your job is to decide if the evidence which is admitted is believable and how much weight to give it.

More Information for Jurors
About Jury Service in Northampton County
Jury Service FAQ
Juror Questionnaire
How Jurors are Selected
The Trial & Trial Procedure
Conduct of Jurors During a Trial
What is Evidence?
The Difference Between Civil and Criminal Cases

The Jury Clerk's Office will be able to get jurors answers or information not provided on this website. Call 610-829-6730.

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