Peremptory Challenge: Definition & Law


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The jury selection practice of rejecting potential jurors without providing a reason why is known as what?

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1. Jury selection questions are designed to uncover what kind of information about the potential jurors?

2. What is the purpose of peremptory challenges?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can use this interactive quiz and printable worksheet to solidify your understanding of the process of jury selection. You'll need to be familiar with the idea that jurors may be rejected by attorneys on both sides of the argument for a number of reasons.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be quizzed on your knowledge of the following:

  • The meaning and use of a Batson challenge
  • The process and purpose of rejecting a potential juror without offering a reason
  • How to overcome a Batson challenge
  • Information sought by the questioning of potential jurors

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz give you the opportunity to practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept and purpose of jury selection
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about jury selection and challenges in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about challenges in the process of jury selection

Additional Learning

To learn more about the jury selection and types of challenges used to excuse potential jurors, read through the accompanying lesson entitled Peremptory Challenge: Definition, Law & Lesson. The lesson focuses on the following objectives:

  • Define voir dire and what it entails
  • Comment on when a juror may be excluded for cause
  • Talk about how courts set the number of peremptory challenges allowed
  • Discuss the case that lead to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that established the Batson challenge
  • Describe the U.S. Supreme Court finding in Miller-El v. Drake
  • Illustrate what might be the result of a successful Batson challenge