Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 1986

Keywords

Voir dire, Jury selection, Juror bias, Pretrial procedures, Prejudice in jury verdicts, Attorney involvement in voir dire

Disciplines

Courts | Litigation | Psychology and Psychiatry

Abstract

The voir dire process in jury selection, in which the prospective jurors are questioned about their possible biases in the case, has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years. This article discusses psychological research and its implications for the conduct of the voir dire. The research indicates that individual, sequestered, open-ended questioning on issues directly relevant to the trial is the superior method for uncovering bias in prospective jurors. Furthermore, adversary attorneys appear to have a modest edge over judges in the detection of prejudice. The author notes that these findings must be balanced against other interests served by the voir dire process.

Publication Citation

Published in: The Justice System Journal, vol. 11, no. 1 (Spring 1986).