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BASIC THOUGHTS ABOUT JURY SELECTION

BASIC THOUGHTS ABOUT JURY SELECTION

Jury selection is an art that requires preparation and careful planning. Jury selection and opening statement can have a profound influence on the outcome of the case. They are twin events that should be prepared as a unit. Here some very general and basic ideas to consider in planning your voir dire of your case. . PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS . *Jury selection is almost always limited in time. It’s important to plan your questions with the time allowed in mind. Determine…

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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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