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THE RIGHT TO A CONSTITUTIONAL JURY WHEN ALLOWING JURORS WITH ACTUAL BIAS TO SERVE ON THE JURY

THE RIGHT TO A CONSTITUTIONAL JURY WHEN ALLOWING JURORS WITH ACTUAL BIAS TO SERVE ON THE JURY

I published an article in the May 2019 edition of NW Lawyer, our state bar publication, about our statutes which allow a juror with actual bias to serve on the jury. The title is “Washington Law On Jury Challenges for Bias Undermines Litigants Constitutional Right to An Impartial Jury.” The article can be read at http://nwlawyer.wsba.org/nwlawyer/may_2019?pg=34#pg34 Many states have similar provisions to Washington in that regard. Our statute, RCW 4.44.190 says: “A challenge for actual bias may be taken for…

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THE TRIAL – A BBC LOOK AT THE JURY SYSTEM

THE TRIAL – A BBC LOOK AT THE JURY SYSTEM

In May 2017 British television broadcast a five part series about a fictional murder case called The Trial. The witnesses were all actors. The judge and the barristers, however, were actually professionals in the British legal system. The judge was an experienced member of the bench and the two barristers well known barristers. The jury was made up of 12 members of the British public. The jury was aware that actors were involved as witnesses and that the case was…

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SEVEN BASIC RULES FOR CONDUCTING VOIR DIRE CORRECTLY

SEVEN BASIC RULES FOR CONDUCTING VOIR DIRE CORRECTLY

Conducting a helpful as well as a  meaningful voir dire examination is both an art and a skill. However, however there are some fundamental rules for doing it right. Here are seven basic rules for conducting a good voir dire. 1.  STAY FOCUSED It’s critical that you stay focused on the key issues in your case and  case story you want to communicate. There are a limited number of key issues that you will have time to cover in jury selection….

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