VOIR DIRE (JURY SELECTION)
Re: voir dire, which is jury selection, it's usually yukky because the
attorneys are questioning people sitting in the jury panel and the
reporter is trying to keep track of who they are. They usually don't
talk loud enough, and they have to give the details of their family and
jobs and education and opinions and it's pretty tedious. Then the
attorneys argue whether they should keep them on the panel or strike
them, going through all the various reasons, blah, blah, blah. I don't
mind doing it, really, as long as the reporter gives me the list of
names for the jury panel - and having a tape to listen to is usually
helpful too. So a reporter might give you voir dire to do and cringe as
if they're afraid you'll say no, but it's all part of the job if it gets
ordered along with the trial. Many times it doesn't get ordered, but it
can be used as one of the grounds for an appeal.
I don't know what to put over on the left for each prospective juror speaking.
Don't feel bad, there are so many ways reporters want it done! I've
seen colloquy speaker IDs such as: JUROR SMITH:, JUROR NUMBER 2:,
MRS. SMITH: and then it gets really confusing if there are two Smiths.
You might have to put JUROR MARY SMITH: and JUROR SUZI SMITH: But then
if it's a capital murder case, in Texas they do each juror individually
and then it's just like Q&A for any regular witness. Oh my achin'
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