Utah Juries in Criminal Cases
The Number of Jurors on a Utah Jury Depends on the Type of Crime and Case
Each legal case in Utah criminal law differs is unique. The seriousness of the crime, therefore, determines how many jurors will be present on the jury in any given criminal proceeding. For example,
1. Capital cases have a jury which consists of 12 people
2. Noncapital first degree felony aggravated murder cases or any criminal case that has a possible sentence of a term of incarceration of more than one year includes a jury of eight people.
3. A trial concerning criminal cases that have a possible sentence of a term of incarceration of more than six months and no more than a year includes a jury consisting of six people.
4. A trial concerning criminal cases that have a possible sentence of six months or less includes a jury of four people.
5. Civil cases in trial include a jury of eight people, except for civil cases where the damages are less than $20,000 only four jurors are present.
In criminal cases the jury’s verdict must be unanimous. In civil cases the jury’s verdict only has to consist of three fourths of the juror’s. In trials of small claim cases there is no jury, as well as trials concerning the adjudication of a minor charged with what would be considered a crime as an adult.
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