Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury
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•Operate effectively within the jury selection system in the trial jurisdiction
•Attain the major goals of voir dire (i.e., gathering info, rapport, education, and persuasion)
•Identify critical opinions, biases, and experiences of jurors that can influence their decisions
•Encourage jurors to reveal important information about themselves
•Utilize the information about their opinions and feelings that potential jurors communicate through their nonverbal behavior
•Develop and ask the questions on voir dire necessary to uncover desired information
•Employ methods for handling common situations and problems (e.g., reluctant jurors, difficult jurors, stealth jurors, negative spirals, and pretrial publicity) that arise during voir dire
•Capitalize on the information available through the use of juror questionnaires
•Effectively utilize information available on jurors through Internet sources and minimize potential threats to jury trials posed by the Internet
The goal of this book is to promote the skills needed to be successful in the area of voir dire and jury selection. It is through the sharpening of these skills that lawyers take a major step in improving the chances of a favorable verdict at trial.
Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury goes beyond other books on jury selection in its focus on the skills needed to conduct effective voir dire and jury selection. Having a list of questions to ask is only a starting point. Conducting effective voir dire and jury selection requires developing strategies that secure the necessary information and adapt to the unique circumstances that lawyers face in their trial jurisdictions. Effective jury selection does not result from memorizing questions from a book. It is a dynamic process that places a premium on knowing what is needed and how to get it.
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