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 The 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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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

\ 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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