The first step when selecting a Jury is to review all of the juror’s questionnaires. These questionnaires are given by the Judge and ask each juror for basic background information such as marital status, occupation, educational background, children, etc. The Court is looking for fair and impartial jurors.
Upon review of these questionnaires, the attorneys get to question the jurors. The attorneys are looking for any biases, including, but not limited to, racism, judgments, history, and if they were victims of any prior crimes.
After questioning, the attorneys may strike jurors. There are two different ways to strike a juror. Jurors can be stricken for cause and the other are called peremptory strikes. Striking jurors for cause is done if it is shown that the juror cannot be fair and impartial. There are no limits on how many jurors may be stricken for cause, if cause is proven. Peremptory strikes can be used for any purpose other than race or gender. The State and Defense are both limited to three (3) peremptory strikes per jury selection.