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Judge Van Bokkelen: Voir Dire

A jury of eight persons will be selected for civil trial, but Judge Van Bokkelen will accept the verdict of a jury of six persons, if any have to be dismissed once the trial begins.

Judge Van Bokkelen performs his own voir dire. Parties should submit voir dire questions to the court for review. Judge Van Bokkelen will determine which questions are appropriate and will address them to the entire venue. After Judge Van Bokkelen finishes voir dire, the parties may submit additional questions for Judge Van Bokkelen’s review.

At the conclusion of the Judge Van Bokkelen’s questioning, eight jurors will randomly be called to sit in the jury box.

The parties may strike against the seated jurors. Each side will strike alternatively and each side has three peremptory strikes. Stricken jurors will be dismissed and will be replaced by new randomly selected jurors from the panel. At this time, the parties may only strike against new jurors; no back strikes are allowed.

Once eight jurors are selected, the jury is set.

You may see Judge Van Bokkelen’s standard voir dire questions here