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NCJ Number: 118912 Find in a Library
Title: Art of Selecting a Jury
Author(s): R A Wenke
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 141
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Publication Number: ISBN 0-398-05525-4
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Rules and principles to guide jury selection are outlined by a lawyer who served as a trial judge for over 20 years.
Abstract: The author contends that jury selection is based on educated guesswork, since every generalization about human behavior has exceptions. People reflect a composite of such factors as sex, age, race, occupation, and personal experience, all of which impact attitudes. There are three approaches to jury selection: by the court exclusively; by the court and counsel; and by counsel exclusively. Rules and principles to guide the jury selection process focus on client and counsel conduct, questioning styles and techniques, challenging techniques, objections, juror evaluation, and bias and prejudice. Guidelines are offered to help assess the influence of juror occupation, race, nationality, religion, personality, physical signs, body language, dress, personal characteristics, age, sex, and marital status on case outcome. Questions to ask in civil and criminal cases and in special situations such as drunk driving cases, juror disqualification, police witnesses, pretrial publicity, prejudice, and whiplash cases are delineated.
Main Term(s): Jury selection
Index Term(s): Juror characteristics; Voir dire
Note: Second Edition
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