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In England and Wales, jurors are forbidden to speak to anyone about the trial or their deliberations, even after the trial is finished. In contrast, I've noticed that jurors in the US often give statements to the press or write books about their experience.

Are there any circumstances where jurors in the US are placed under similar restrictions to those in the UK, or is their freedom to speak a general principle?

  • Does this include grand juries? – HDE 226868 May 29 '15 at 17:53
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    No, just juries in substantive trials. – Flup May 29 '15 at 18:28
  • Also the case in Canada. – CCTO Aug 27 '17 at 20:43
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We have all see on TV the judge instruct jurors that during trial they are not to speak about the case with anyone, even other jurors, unless all jurors are present and they are deliberating. However, contrary to the example given about England, in the U.S., those restrictions evaporate at the end of the trial. After a trial concludes, the court has no continuing control over the jurors and could not impose lasting restrictions without it.

The Constitution provides the guarantee of trial by a jury of ones peers. In the U.S. for all general civil cases and all criminal cases, we have public trials. (special courts and tribunals are created to deal with cases involving classified information and issues of national security, and the courts have mechanisms for handling trade secrets, etc. to insure that information is not presented to jurors) So in that sense, there is nothing a juror could be exposed to in during their service as jurors that would require any type of continuing restriction.

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