voir dire

\ ˈvwär-ˈdir How to pronounce voir dire (audio) , ˈwär- \

Definition of voir dire

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

Examples of voir dire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Prince George’s County, for instance, jurors summoned for civil cases will participate in the voir dire process on their electronic devices at home. Angela Roberts, baltimoresun.com, "Jury duty will look different when Maryland courts resume operations next month. Here’s what officials say to expect.," 22 Sep. 2020 Banfield covered the trial while living in Orlando and recalls being perturbed by the jury selection and voir dire. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Casey Anthony trial featured in premiere of new Court TV show," 10 Sep. 2020 Suddenly, packed jury waiting rooms, crowded hallways and shoulder-to-shoulder voir dire questioning didn’t seem so smart. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Got jury duty? Here’s what to expect in San Diego federal court," 25 Aug. 2020 The Court of Special Appeals’ decision last week to reverse the conviction of Marquese Winston stems from questions his defense attorney wanted the judge to ask prospective jurors during the selection process known as voir dire. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "New trial ordered for man convicted in killing of Baltimore bartender Alex Wroblewski," 9 Aug. 2020 Before the trial actually began, however, in March, 2015, there were twenty-one quiet, monotonous days of voir dire, or jury selection. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Why a Court Overturned the Death Sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon Bomber," 5 Aug. 2020 On September 3, 2019, despite concerns of a tainted jury pool, a 12-person jury is seated after a single day of voir dire. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "The case against Brooke Skylar Richardson," 23 May 2020 But the defense claim that the juror lied during voir dire may disturb the appellate court. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Making Sense of the Harvey Weinstein Verdict," 24 Feb. 2020 The under-oath examination of the potential jurors, known as voir dire, shows Stone’s lawyers did not make a motion to strike Hart from the pool when given the chance. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Roger Stone asks for new trial, again, following allegations of juror bias," 15 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of voir dire

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for voir dire

Anglo-French, literally, to speak the truth

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“Voir dire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voir%20dire. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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voir dire

\ ˈvwär-ˈdir, ˈwär- How to pronounce voir dire (audio) \

Legal Definition of voir dire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

voir dire

transitive verb
voir dired; voir diring

Legal Definition of voir dire (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 penaltyState v. Ortiz, 540 P.2d 850 (1975) (concur)

History and Etymology for voir dire


Anglo-French, to speak the truth

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