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Texas Rules of Evidence Rule 606

Rule 606. Juror’s Competency as a Witness


(a) At the Trial. A juror may not testify as a witness before the other jurors at the trial. If a juror is called to testify, the court must give a party an opportunity to object outside the jury’s presence.


(b) During an Inquiry into the Validity of a Verdict or Indictment.


(1) Prohibited Testimony or Other Evidence. During an inquiry into the validity of a verdict or indictment, a juror may not testify about any statement made or incident that occurred during the jury’s deliberations; the effect of anything on that juror’s or another juror’s vote; or any juror’s mental processes concerning the verdict or indictment. The court may not receive a juror’s affidavit or evidence of a juror’s statement on these matters.


(2) Exceptions. A juror may testify:


(A) about whether an outside influence was improperly brought to bear on any juror;


or


(B) to rebut a claim that the juror was not qualified to serve.


History: Added Feb. 25, 1998, eff. March 1, 1998; amended effective April 1, 2015


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