December 01, 2012

Evaluating Potential Jurors

Dr. Jeff Frederick

From Mastering Voir Dire, Chapter 9

Objectives

  • To examine the various sources of information relevant to jury selection.
  • To understand how individual jurors act on a jury.
  • To examine methods of efficient recordkeeping.
  • To develop systematic methods for evaluating jurors.

The task of selecting a jury requires that lawyers evaluate potential jurors and decide how to exercise peremptory challenges and challenges for cause. This chapter focuses on the evaluation of potential jurors. The successful accomplishment of this task requires collecting information on potential jurors, understanding how potential jurors will act in deliberations, and integrating this knowledge to produce a final evaluation for each potential juror.

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