jury panel

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction

A jury panel is a group of individuals who are summoned to serve as potential jurors in a legal proceeding, such as a trial.

The jury panel is typically selected randomly from a larger pool of potential jurors and is comprised of individuals who meet certain eligibility requirements, such as being a citizen of the jurisdiction in which the trial is taking place and not having any disqualifying factors, such as a criminal conviction or a close relationship with one of the parties involved in the case.

Once the jury panel is selected, the individuals must complete a questionnaire to determine their qualifications and identify potential biases or conflicts of interest. The panel members may also be questioned by the judge, the attorneys, or both, in a process known as voir dire, to assess their qualifications further and to determine their suitability to serve on the jury.

From the panel, a smaller group of individuals will be selected to serve as the actual jurors in the trial based on a set of criteria established by law and the court. The jury panel is an important part of the legal process, as it helps to ensure that the parties to the case are judged by a fair and impartial group of their peers.

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Last Modified: 03/09/2023


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