Polling the Jury Law and Legal Definition

Polling the jury is the practice of affirming the assent of the jury members individually. This process is done only on the request of the defense. Every jury member is called by name and the member is required to declare the verdict before it is recorded by the court. When the verdict is affirmed the polling concludes. If under any circumstance unanimous concurrence is not obtained on polling the jury can be discharged or ordered to continue further deliberation over the verdict. Polling the jury is also known as jury poll.