September 18, 2013 Articles

Mastering Voir Dire

Think of it not as a process to select jurors you want, but to eliminate those you do not want.

By Robert Bates

If you Google "voir dire," you may find some mind-numbing articles claiming voir direis the process by which attorneys find the jurors that they want on their jury. When you perform voir dire, however, you are better served to think of it as a process to find and eliminate the jurors that you do not want, rather than to find the jurors that you do want. Ultimately, the success of your voir dire depends on whether you have removed potentially unfavorable jurors from your panel.

There is no special formula for voir dire. There is no special outline to follow. Yet, there are certain tips and guidelines.

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