Jury Trial and Selection in Civil Litigation


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What would be considered an example of a petit jury?

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1. Attorney Hamm was questioning potential jurors. He decided that a certain individual just would not fit in. He had no real reason, he just did not feel comfortable about this juror. He dismissed him. What right did he use?

2. Lawyers assembled a group of potential jurors. Each juror is asked a series of questions to detect biases. This step in the legal process is:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There may be jokes about getting out of jury duty, but this quiz and worksheet will help you understand the requirements and procedures that govern the jury selection and participation process. The quiz questions cover key facts about jury selection and trial process.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following concepts:

  • Who is subject to a jury summons
  • The definition of a petit jury
  • The term for when an attorney decides that a certain individual would not fit in without an articulable reason and has the juror dismissed
  • The term that describes the process of questioning jurors to detect any bias
  • Who questions witnesses during trial

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as petit jury and voir dire
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about receiving a jury summons and describe how jurors are selected
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as types of challenges

Additional Learning

To learn more about jury trials and selection, review the lesson about the jury trial and selection process in civil litigation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define what a juror is and what demographic of people are subject to a jury summons
  • Describe some possible penalties for failing or refusing to honor a jury summons
  • Differentiate between types of challenges related to juries
  • Explain what a shadow jury is and how it is used
  • List the steps in a civil trial and describe what each step consists of
  • Define what a hung jury is and how a hung jury affects the trial