In order to conduct effective voir dire, you must enjoy the process of jury selection. Yet it is hard to look forward to jury selection without having confidence that you have an approach and tools that will work. This seminar will provide you with knowledge of the rules and logic of voir dire so that you will feel ready to select a jury. You actually will look forward to it.
This seminar will provide you first with the rules of voir dire in California, followed by a logical approach to jury selection. Once you have the rules and the logic of voir dire, you will be given techniques for obtaining information from the panel of jurors and specific questions to use during voir dire. We also will discuss the proper use of juror questionnaires.
If you are a lawyer with few jury trials, you will leave the seminar with the basic tools for jury selection. If you are a veteran trial lawyer, you will gain further insight into more sophisticated ways to approach jurors and more effective use of juror questionnaires. You will look forward to voir dire, so you will do a better job.
- The rules of voir dire in California
- The proper approach to voir dire
- Techniques for obtaining information from the jury panel
- Good questions for voir dire
- The use of juror questionnaires
- Analyzing the case from the jurors' perspective
- Basing jury selection strategy on key case themes
- Techniques for voir dire in time-restricted conditions
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
I. Course Overview
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
II. General Overview Of The Law And Procedure Of Jury Selection
A. Overview Of The Jury Selection And Management Act
B. Discriminatory Use Of Peremptory Challenges/Batson And Wheeler
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
III. The Essentials Of Jury Work
A. Revealing Jurors' Biases
B. Use Of Juror Questionnaires
C. Winning Cause Challenges
D. Conducting Focus Group Research
E. Effective Voir Dire In Time-Restricted Conditions
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
IV. Skills Workshop
A. Identify Distinguishing Aspects Of Your Case
B. How Does Your Case Relate To Lives And Opinions Of Potential Jurors?
C. Socio-Demographic And Attitudinal Make-Up Of Jury Pool
D. Judge's Voir Dire Practices And Procedures
E. Key Case Issues
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
V. Techniques For Group Questioning And Follow-Up
VI. The Need To Find Out A Juror's Feelings About His Life
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
VII. Specific Questions And Question Formats To Use
VIII. How To Preview Your Case: Good Facts And Bad Facts
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
IX. Fifteen Rules For Effective Jury Selection