Juror Handbook

Revised and Printed August 2009
Supplemental Edition
Reprinted October 2016
Published by: Administrative Office of the Courts, Augusta, Maine

NOTE: This booklet is designed to aid you during your jury service. It is not part of the court’s instructions and should not be used during deliberation in a case.

A copy of the Juror Handbook is available for download. This file does require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print.

Constitution of the State of Maine, as Amended


Section 6. Rights of persons accused. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall have a right to be heard by the accused and counsel to the accused, or either, at the election of the accused;

To demand the nature and cause of the accusation, and have a copy thereof;

To be confronted by the witnesses against the accused;

To have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in favor of the accused;

To have a speedy, public and impartial trial, and, except in trials by martial law or impeachment, by a jury of the vicinity. The accused shall not be compelled to furnish or give evidence against himself or herself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, property, or privileges, but by judgment of that person’s peers or the law of the land.

Section 19. Right of redress for injuries. Every person, for an injury inflicted on the person or the person’s reputation, property or immunities, shall have remedy by due course of law; and right and justice shall be administered freely and without sale, completely and without denial, promptly and without delay.

Section 20. Trial by jury. In all civil suits, and in all controversies concerning property, the parties shall have a right to a trial by jury, except in cases where it has heretofore been otherwise practiced; the party claiming the right may be heard by himself or herself and with counsel, or either, at the election of the party.