Criminal Procedures

Trial Process

If the jury cannot agree and is deadlocked, what does a court do?

If a jury deadlocks, the trial judge may call the jury back into the courtroom and ask them to continue deliberating. However, rules prohibit a judge from actually forcing a jury to reach a verdict. For instance, Kentucky Rule of Criminal Procedure, Rule 9.57 provides: “no juror should surrender his or her honest conviction as to the weight or effect of the evidence solely because of the opinion of other jurors, or for the mere purpose of returning a verdict.”


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