foreperson, presiding juror

  • After the judge instructs the jury and sends the jury to deliberate, the jury's first task is to choose one of its members to be the foreperson or presiding juror. The foreperson/presiding juror leads the discussion and ensures that the jurors discuss the issues   * openly * fully * in an orderly way * with respect for every juror's opinion.   The foreperson oversees the voting process, counts the votes, and completes and signs the verdict form.

    Oregon Judicial Department 1

1Oregon Judicial Department, Juror Information: Glossary of Terms, http://­www.ojd.state.or.us/­jurorinfo/­glossary.htm (last accessed May 27, 2009).