In Part I of this series, on the How We Select A Jury – Part I blog post , we mainly talked about imaging the perfect jury for a case. In Part II we are going to get into the details of how we find the best juror for your case from the jury panel.
Usually, there are “rule-out” issues that are part of the list of issues that we must cover when we question the jury panel. For example, we want to ask: “Has another person ever accidently injured you?” or “Has another person ever accused you of injuring them?” If the answer to the first question is “yes”- that person may make a sympathetic juror to your case. On the other hand, if the answer to the second question is “yes”- we doubt whether that person will be sympathetic to your case.
We then follow-up on each person who answers any of the general questions to the panel in a way that might rule him or her out. We always want to make as sure as possible that we are not getting rid of potentially helpful jurors.
Being in a strange place, like a court room, with a bunch of strangers, is not the ideal place to get people talking—and we need folks on the jury panel to open us and tell us what they are thinking. So, if we find that a jury panel is not responding because they are intimidated by being in a courtroom, we locate a talkative juror with whom we can “break the ice”.
We prepare a series of key questions along with more narrowly-phrased alternative questions we might ask in the event the trial judge doesn’t allow the initial questions. These questions also are form the list of issues and areas that you must convey to the jury during question time.
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