Jury Selection

 

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We pay careful attention to what questions you should ask and how the questions are phrased so that you can maximize the value of voir dire.

Whether it is responding to drafts of voir dire questions you send us or through a detailed list of voir dire questions we provide to you, our goal is to arm you with questions that will work in your jurisdiction to identify potential jurors who should be removed through challenges for cause or through peremptory challenges.

Juror Questionnaires

We design juror questionnaires to provide information on potential jurors outside of voir dire that help you get the most out of your questions.

We work with you in the construction of juror questionnaires and the development of summary forms with which to condense potentially voluminous information contained in today’s juror questionnaires. We can electronically store and analyse the information contained in juror questionnaires so you can understand the make up of the trial venire and make smarter choices in exercising your peremptory challenges.

See our issue of Jury Research Update entitled Getting the Most Out of Jury Questionnaires for more information.

For those interested in juror questionnaires from various criminal and civil trials, see our collection of juror questionnaires and the extensive collection in Appendix IV found in Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, Third Edition (2011)

 

In-Court Jury Selection Assistance

We help you evaluate jurors' opinions, as reflected in what they say and how they say it, and the likely role jurors will play on the jury to increase your effectiveness in exercising your peremptory challenges and in pursuing challenges for cause.

We can observe the jurors’ answers and nonverbal communication and suggest both additional questions where needed and how peremptory challenges should be exercised.

 

For Additional Information

For a comprehensive discussion on voir dire and jury selection that covers all the topics listed above and more, see Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, 3rd Edition (2011)