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NCJ Number: 78192 Find in a Library
Title: Voir Dire (From Trial Techniques - A Compendium of Course Materials, P 35-69, 1980 - See NCJ-78190)
Author(s): S W Cooper; N S Early; S M Fallis; J R Allison
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 35
Sponsoring Agency: National College of District Attorneys
Houston, TX 77004
Sale Source: National College of District Attorneys
College of Law
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77004
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These four papers give step-by-step directions on how prosecutors should conduct voir dire to produce the selection of jurors most likely to return a verdict of guilty.
Abstract: All the papers emphasize the importance of good preparation for voir dire. For example, the prosecutor should gain knowledge of the prospective jurors' backgrounds. Notes with questions for jurors should be prepared ahead of time. The papers also explain what the prosecutor can do to make a good impression on jurors. Among recommendations are the treatment of prospective jurors as equals during questioning, the use of conservative dress, and the use of a conversational style. Recommended techniques during the conduct of the voir dire include maintenance of eye contact with the juror being questioned, avoidance of flattery, and use of a positive approach during questioning. The papers also discuss factors to consider in jury selection, including relationships among the jurors, and jurors' reactions to the defendant and the case. In addition, one paper discusses such issues as categories of challenges and the historical background of the practice of jury selection. Another paper cites the relevant case law.
Index Term(s): Course materials; Jury selection; Prosecution; Prosecutors; Reference materials; Voir dire
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