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Is it possible for a jury (in Florida) to consist of 6 jurors for a felony trial? If so, how common is it and under what circumstances could it occur? If not, do you know of any jurisdictions where 6 member juries exist?

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Rob,

Florida, like most states, routinely uses juries of only six members. The exception is for first-degree murder, which gets a 12-member jury.  The landmark 1970 U.S. Supreme Court case that approved smaller juries in the first place comes from Florida. The court called the tradition of 12-member juries just a "historical accident."

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Jeffrey Hauck

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I would welcome the opportunity to answer questions relating to or related to the field of criminal law.

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Criminologist. Professor of Criminal Justice. Licensed Private Detective with expansive clientele base encompassing hundreds of cases. Donates resources and time to the Children's Rescue Network in Orlando, FL.

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Associate of Science; Bachelor of Arts; Master of Science, Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree.

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