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Art. 793.  Use of evidence in jury room; reading of recorded testimony; jurors' notes

A.  Except as provided in Paragraph B of this Article, a juror must rely upon his memory in reaching a verdict.  He shall not be permitted to refer to notes or to have access to any written evidence.  Testimony shall not be repeated to the jury.  Upon the request of a juror and in the discretion of the court, the jury may take with it or have sent to it any object or document received in evidence when a physical examination thereof is required to enable the jury to arrive at a verdict.

B.  A juror shall be permitted to take notes when agreement to granting such permission has been made between the defendant and the state in open court but not within the presence of the jury.  The court shall provide the needed writing implements. Jurors may, but need not, take notes and such notes may be used during the jury's deliberations but shall not be preserved for review on appeal.  The trial judge shall ensure the confidentiality of the notes during the course of trial and the jury's deliberation and shall cause the notes to be destroyed immediately upon return of the verdict.

C.  The lack of consent by either the defendant or the state to allow a juror to take notes during a trial shall not be communicated to the jury.

Acts 2001, No. 465, §1.

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