In today’s law environment, the experienced litigation paralegal is asked to work closely with attorneys in the jury selection process (voir dire). This is certainly a significant pretrial assignment, not just from the plaintiff’s side but also from the defendant’s side and equally applicable to civil and criminal trials.
Trial attorneys may call upon litigation paralegals to assist in the proceedings by organizing jury charts of biographical information and recording potential biases or prejudices that could effect a juror’s decision. It is imperative that paralegals, in this position, are not only well versed in the voir dire proceedings but also understand court decisions that may affect jury selection. Comprehending the rationale behind a court’s decision helps the paralegal to interpret jurors’ fears as being authentic or just an excuse to be removed from jury duty.
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