After Jury Service
THANK - YOU!
The judges and staff at the Carroll County Circuit Court would like to thank you for serving as a juror. We know that while jury service is a rewarding experience, it is also quite demanding. Making decisions takes time, thought, and energy. Your participation in the jury-trial process is very important and greatly appreciated.
Feeling some anxiety after jury service is natural. Not every juror feels anxiety or increased stress; however, if you do, it is helpful to be aware of the symptoms. If you can identify your symptoms and understand why you are having them, you can better control them or eliminate them.
Some Signs & Symptoms of Distress
Some signs of temporary distress following jury service may be one or more of the following: anxiety; sleep or appetite changes; moodiness; physical problems such as headache or upset stomach; second guessing your verdict; feeling guilty; fear; trouble dealing with issues or topics related to the case; a desire to be alone; and decreased concentration or memory problems.
Remember you are having a natural response to an unusual experience. Here are a few tips you might want to use:
- Before you leave the courthouse, ask some of your fellow jurors if you can contact them. Sometimes it is helpful to talk to people who went through the same experience as you. Remember you were part of a group and you are not alone.
- Stick to your normal, daily routines. It is important to return to your regular schedule. Do not isolate yourself. Stay involved with your activities, friends, and family.
- Cut down on alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. These substances can increase anxiety, fatigue, and make sleep problems worse.
- Drink lots of water. Some of the physical symptoms you may be feeling may be due to dehydration.
- Relax with deep breathing. Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Sit in a straight-backed chair with your feet flat on the floor and your hands at your sides. Breathe slowly and naturally and focus on a short phrase or word that makes you feel a sense of peace and calm. Repeat the word or phrase each time you exhale. Don’t worry about whether you are doing it right or wrong. Just keep going and if you get distracted, simply return to your word or phrase and start breathing again. Practicing deep breathing right before bed may also help with any sleep problems.
- Exercise. Exercise reduces muscle tension, uses up energy, lowers blood pressure, and helps you clear your mind of worrying thoughts and anxieties.
If signs of distress persist for more than two weeks after your jury service has ended, you may wish to contact your doctor or a counselor.
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- Jury service is the responsibility and right of all Carroll County citizens and you have provided an important service to the community.
- Your jury service is over. It is important for you to get back into your regular routine.
- Resist negative thoughts about the verdict. No matter what others think about the verdict, your opinion is the only one that matters.
- If you are fearful of retaliation or if you are threatened after the trial, notify your local law enforcement agency immediately.