The purpose of this article is to discuss jury selection techniques, strategies and principles.
It is critically important that the attorney is aware of the beliefs, opinions, experiences and attitudes of the jurors. In jury selection, counsel will usually ask questions of the jury panel. This is called voir dire. During voir dire, it is also common for the trial judge to ask the jurors questions or get clarification on a response from a potential juror.
For any jury panel the potential juror will have to fill out a form with questions that is issued by the Court. In some instances there will be an additional questionnaire prepared by the attorneys and approved by the Court. The questions in the forms are usually related to the current case. For example, if the case is against a pharmaceutical company, the attorneys want to know how the potential juror feels about drug companies: