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voir dire

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noun \ˈvwär-ˈdir, ˈwär-\

Definition of voir dire

  1. :  a preliminary examination to determine the competency of a witness or juror




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voir dire

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noun \ˈvwär-ˈdir, ˈwär-\

Legal Definition of voir dire

  1. :  a formal examination especially to determine qualification (as of a proposed witness) <the judge admitted the witness's expert testimony after a voir dire by the attorney>; especially :  the act or process of questioning prospective jurors to determine which are qualified (as by freedom from bias) and suited for service on a jury



Origin of voir dire

Anglo-French, to speak the truth


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voir dire

transitive verb

Legal Definition of voir dire

voir diredvoir diring

  1. :  to examine in a voir dire proceeding <a motion to voir dire the witness outside the presence of the jury> <voir diring prospective jurors as to their beliefs concerning the death penalty — State v. Ortiz, 540 P.2d 850 (1975) (concur)>




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