Thank you for asking me “What kind of questions will I be asked as a potential Juror?”
Jury selection, or “voir dire” usually begins with routine questions from the Court such as what area you live in, what you do for a living, what your marital status is, what your spouse does, whether you have kids, if so what they do, if you or anyone you know has either been accused of a crime or has been a crime victim, if you’ve ever served as a juror before, if you have relatives or close friends in law enforcement or in the legal system, if you know anyone in the courtroom or have heard anything about the case, if you cannot serve as a juror for any reason (such as religious, family, travel, medical) and so on. These questions are simply designed to see if any juror is biased, cannot deal with the issues in the case fairly or if there is cause not to allow a juror to serve.
These questions are sometimes initially asked by way of a written questionairre, which the Judge will scrutinize and follow up on in Court as the panel sits together, or, if there is no questionairre then the Judge will simply ask them aloud.
Once the Judge has finished with the basics then both the State and the defense lawyers will have a chance to ask questions of their own. Since they follow the Judge’s generic questioning, the lawyers usually ask more detailed and pointed questions, many of which are more personal to individuals sitting on the panel.
Lawyer’s questions are usually designed to a educate the panel as to the nature of their case, to get feel for the personalities and the likely views of the potential jurors and to set the stage to weed out jurors that the lawyer does not think will be good for their case.
While the vast majority of the questions will be asked and answered while the panel is seated in a group I have never seen a Judge deny a request by a juror to answer a question in private.
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