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A jury is body of people selected to provide an impartial verdict after a trial of a case. A person who is sworn to a jury is a juror. An alternate juror is a person selected in the same manner all other jurors are selected. The alternate juror also sits in a court and listens to the proceedings of a case. The evidences and hearing of the case is heard by the alternate juror also. However, an alternate juror is not made a part of the jury that render verdict unless one of the other jurors become sick, injured, legally compromised, incapacitated, or has a family emergency.
An alternate juror can function as a jury member until the jury receives the case and goes for deliberation. In such circumstances, an alternate juror will be dismissed from court with thanks.
When an alternate juror is present in court, the person will have to obey all the orders and admonitions of the court to the jury. An alternate juror will also be kept along with the jury if the circumstances of the case need the jury to be kept together. An alternate juror will also be liable as regular jurors for failure to attend the trial or to obey any order or admonitions of the court to the jury. They shall receive the same compensation as other jurors.