Jury Trials from May to September

October 6, 2017


Defense Services Office

Gila River Indian Community


The Community Court had a number of jury trials this past summer. Community members answered their civic duty by reporting for jury duty – routinely getting 50-60 Community members to serve as possible jurors.


The process to pick a jury could take anywhere from half a day to a full day but is very important to the court process, especially for the Defendant who has a right for his/her case to be presented before a fair and impartial jury.


All practitioners thank the Community members for their patience and answering their civic duty.


Below is a result of the jury trials (most lasting a few days) since May 31:


May 31 – Misdemeanor – FOUND NOT GUILTY AT TRIAL*

June 13 – Misdemeanor – FOUND GUILTY (Later ruled a mistrial)

August 22 - Felony – FOUND NOT GUILTY

August 24 – Three Felony Counts – DISMISSED ON DAY OF TRIAL

September 8 – Seven Misdemeanor Counts – FOUND NOT GUILTY*

September 8 – Three Felony Counts – FOUND NOT GUILTY

September 12 - Felony – Defendant did not show for trial – BENCH WARRANT

September 12 – Two Felony Counts – DISMISSED ON DAY OF TRIAL

September 19 – One Felony Count / Two Misdemeanor Counts – FOUND NOT GUILTY


* Non-DSO/Conflict Attorney for Defendant