Handbook for Trial JurorsServing the United States District Court
The Jurors' Solemn Oath
After the voir dire is completed, the jurors selected to try the case will be sworn in. The judge or the clerk will state to the jury:
"Members of the Jury, you will rise, hold up your right hands, and be sworn to try this case."
The jurors then rise and hold up their right hands. The jurors face the judge or the clerk who is to administer the oath. That official slowly, solemnly, and clearly repeats the oath. The jurors indicate by their responses and upraised hands that they take this solemn oath.
Jurors not wishing to take an oath may request to affirm instead of swear. In some districts the jury is sworn upon the Bible and not by uplifted hand.