Litigation ENewsletter January 20 2011

Anatomy of a Trial
Trials are typically heard by a jury of twelve individuals. Before the trial, a group of jury candidates are questioned by the counsel for each party during a process called voir dire examination. Individuals can be excluded from the jury in several ways. Each party is given a certain number of peremptory challenges through which it may exclude certain jurors; and each party can object to an individual's participation on the jury with a challenge for cause, which simply means the competency of a certain juror is questioned. The court can reject or dismiss a juror who is unqualified, even if both sides do not challenge the juror.