Can a juror write questions for consideration by the court and counsel prior to the witness being called?

California, United States of America

The following excerpt is from People v. McAlister, 167 Cal.App.3d 633, 213 Cal.Rptr. 271 (Cal. App. 1985):

[167 Cal.App.3d 644] In a proper case there may be a real benefit from allowing jurors to submit questions under proper control by the court. However, in order to permit the court to exercise its discretion and maintain control of the trial, the correct procedure is to have the juror write the questions for consideration by the court and counsel prior to their submission to the witness. (See People v. Gates (1979) 97 Cal.App.3d Supp. 10, 158 Cal.Rptr. 759.)

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