: a preliminary examination to determine the competency of a witness or juror
Examples of voir dire in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebThe process for thinning out a pool of potential jurors to an actual jury is called voir dire.
Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Oct. 2021 Holmes was present in the courtroom alongside her team of lawyers, who watched and took notes as potential jurors entered for voir dire.
Taylor Dunn, ABC News, 7 Sep. 2021 Potential jurors will be ushered in 50 at a time, and voir dire or jury examination will be held in three separate sessions.
Taylor Dunn, ABC News, 31 Aug. 2021 The prosecution filing said Mr. Mitchell had been very forthcoming during voir dire and in his juror questionnaire about wanting to be a part of the jury and his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Joe Barrett, WSJ, 16 June 2021 Abner Burnett, the chief public defender at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, watched one early virtual voir dire, where lawyers accept or disqualify prospective jurors.
Eric Scigliano, The Atlantic, 13 Apr. 2021 In court, each person was sworn in and then questioned one-by-one in a process known as voir dire.
Eric Levenson And Aaron Cooper, CNN, 20 Apr. 2021 Others do initial screening online and voir dire in person.
Eric Scigliano, The Atlantic, 13 Apr. 2021 In court, each person is sworn in and then questioned one by one in a process known as voir dire.
Eric Levenson And Aaron Cooper, CNN, 10 Mar. 2021
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: 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 attorneyespecially: 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
voir dired; voir diring
Legal Definition of voir dire (Entry 2 of 2)
: to examine in a voir dire proceedinga motion to voir dire the witness outside the presence of the juryvoir diring prospective jurors as to their beliefs concerning the death penalty — State v. Ortiz, 540 P.2d 850 (1975) (concur)