voir dire

voir dire

noun \ˈvwär-ˈdir, ˈwär-\

Definition of VOIR DIRE

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

Origin of VOIR DIRE

Anglo-French, literally, to speak the truth
First Known Use: 1676

voir dire

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In law, the act or process of questioning prospective jurors to determine whether they are qualified and suitable for service on a jury. The questioning attorneys may dismiss a juror for cause, such as when bias or preconceived notions of guilt or innocence are in evidence; they also have a limited number of peremptory challenges that they can use to dismiss a juror for any or no reason.


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