So the way I would like to progress is that each day when we meet, we're going to try to be on time and start on time. I think that's respectful of everybody else. We know you are dedicating a lot of your time to do this, so we'll try to be more punctual on future dates.
I also want to tell you as you notice we have some additional equipment in this room, there is probably more people in this room than ever before. I'm probably going to bring in some additional fans because it will heat up and get warm in this room.
If anybody at any point feels like they're feeling, you know, a little overheated, please let me know because we'll take a break. With this door open when I walk out here it is way cooler out here than it is in here. If ever you feel like you're, you know, not being able to be attentive because of the heat, stop us, okay.
And what I would also like to do is every, the beginning of every time you meet is to give you an overview of what to expect for that day. This is not in the form of like an opening statement where I'm going to talk about what the evidence is going to be, I'm just going to give you the names of the witnesses that we expect to call and who they are and what we anticipate the content of the topic they're testifying about.
As you have seen in the past, the witness will take the stand, be sworn, take the stand and then I will begin or Sheila will begin by asking the witness questions.
And I'm not trying to say, I don't want to discourage anybody from asking any question that they want to ask, but what I would like to see if possible, because your questions might be answered later on in the testimony. Some of these witnesses are going to have lengthy testimony and at some point, you know, you might ask a question that I'll say he's going to talk about that in a minute.
If you don't understand something that's being said at the time, raise your hand, identify yourself by your juror number and say excuse me, I'm not understanding what you're saying right now. But if you have a question that he hasn't, the witness hasn't seemed to answer yet, if you want to jot that down in your notes then, you know, at the end, of course, you know, I will open it up to questions and Sheila may have additional questions or vice versa because we are taking turns on putting on different witnesses because one person can't do all of this.
Are there any questions so far? There will be times when I'm going to hand out things to you like maps or reports of other people just so you can have them for your reference while you're hearing the testimony. I would encourage you to still pay attention to the testimony.
It can be distracting if you are reading something that's in front of you while a witness is testifying, you are going to be missing something that's being said on the stand. Anything that we give you will be available to you at any time during the time you're sitting. Certainly for your deliberations if you wish to have items back that you've seen before, we'll get those to you.
When you do get maps or reports or anything of that nature, what I would like you to do is to just write your juror number on the corner of it, but I don't want you to put any other writing on it.
If you have notes you want to take, put them in your notebook because as we've explained to you your notebooks are going to be private, they're locked up, nobody is looking at them and they will be destroyed at the end of the process here. I don't want you making notes on anything that is, you know, not your notebooks, okay. Can we agree with that?
After our last session Sheila and I sat down and listened to some parts of the testimony, the mikes pick up very well. Remember last time I said I wasn't sure how that was going to go? So I was kind of encouraging people to lean forward. I think we're not going to have any problem as long as people keep their voices up, we should be able to hear everybody that wants to speak.
And if at all, you know, you cannot hear a witness as usual, you know, you need to raise your hand, I can't hear you or I didn't hear what you said.
Any questions about that so far? Sheila, one other thing I forgot. So the next time we meet, we will need for you to be on time because Judge who is the grand jury judge, is going to be here before we start that day and she's going to read to you another charge. When I say charge, it is like she's charging you with an oath, I guess.
That is having to do with the fact that you're session is being extended. So I told her, you know, what time I thought we wanted to get started. You know she's going to be here a little before that. So if we can make sure that everybody is here on time so, you know, she doesn't have to wait around for us.