Voir Dire

“Voir dire” generally refers to the process by which prospective jurors are questioned about their backgrounds and potential biases before being chosen to sit on a jury. In practice under the Federal Rules of Evidence, “voir dire” can also refer to examination of the background of a witness to assess their qualification or fitness to give testimony on a given subject.

As a juror, you will be asked if you feel that you can be truly fair or truly impartial in a number of circumstances.

I have no doubt that you would try your best to be fair and to set your feelings aside.  But even if you tried your best, do you think you still might have a difficult time ignoring these feelings as you view this case?

As a juror, you have taken an oath to decide the case only on the facts and evidence, no matter what their values, beliefs and/or experiences have been.

It is okay to be suspicious, but can you as a juror promise not to assume anything as fact if you don’t see evidence that supports feeling that way?  That is all I can ask.

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