Counsel from Knowledgeable New Orleans Trial Lawyers
We normally associate jury trials with criminal defense, but the truth
is juries are used throughout many different areas of law when litigation
is required. It's crucial, then, that when you must face the courtroom
to resolve your legal matter that you have counsel who is ready to bring
an incisive and vigilant approach to jury selection.
If you are dealing with upcoming litigation, then we invite you to contact us at
Chehardy Sherman Williams today. Our proven, knowledgeable team of New Orleans trial attorneys have
decades of experience in a variety of different practice areas. We know
what to look for in a reliable jury and how to ensure our clients'
rights and interests are not undermined by the judicial process.
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The Jury Selection Process
Before a trial, the court will present legal counsel with a pool of potential
jurors. In a process known as Voir Dire, attorneys will assess and interview
the jurors to examine whether or not they hold any prejudices or are in
some other way unfit to serve as an impartial juror.
To eliminate an individual from consideration, attorneys are given two
kinds of challenges:
Challenges for cause are challenges based on a determination that the juror could harbor some
kind of prejudice relevant to the case. The simplest example of this is
learning that a juror was once the victim of a crime that the trial is
now addressing in the current case. These challenges must be approved
by the court.
Peremptory challenges are juror eliminations that can be submitted without giving a reason to
the court. This is a more subtle process that allows both sides of the
case to contribute to the jury makeup without restriction from the judge.
The number of these challenges allowed can depend on which court your case
will be seen in. No matter what the nature of your trial is, however,
our team is ready to take an exacting and insightful approach to the Voir
Dire process, root out any potential prejudices, and set the stage for
a just and fair examination of your case.
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