This article is excerpted from Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, Third Edition, by Dr. Jeffrey T. Frederick, Chapter 9. All tables and charts have been removed for ease of reading.
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.