October 01, 2012

Juror Questionnaires

Dr. Jeff Frederick

From Mastering Voir Dire, Chapter 7

Objectives

  • To explore the basics of juror questionnaires and their construction.
  • To understand the benefits of using juror questionnaires.

A major challenge faced during the jury selection process is to gather useful information about potential jurors so that lawyers may intelligently exercise peremptory challenges and uncover grounds for challenges for cause. The problem, however, is that voir dire as conducted in federal courts and many state courts impedes the discovery of important information about jurors. Particularly in federal courts, voir dire is limited in (a) what questions can be asked; (b) who asks the questions; (c) how much time is allotted for the questioning process; and (d) the opportunity for individual questioning of jurors.

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