First of all, the information the court should get from a potential juror would be basic information about them. The basic information would include their age, race, job, etcetera. Next the court finds out characteristics about them such as leadership qualities, sensitivity, arrogance, attitudes, morality, values, and perception about certain situations. Learning about their past experiences and what they like to do for fun is important, too. These characteristics will help determine how the court may perceive the potential juror. Some examples of these would included what was that person’s biggest accomplishment or if that person has ever been a manager or has directed a project. The question about the person’s feelings about the current administration could also be asked.
The following are standard questions that the court will ask potential jurors to see if any of which would keep them from being available for the whole trial:
1. Medical conditions
2. Mental conditions
3. Can you read, write and understand English?
4. Is anyone related to or associated with or worked with any of the people involved in this trial?
5. Does anyone have any beliefs that would keep them from forming a judgement against another person?
6. Does anyone know more about this case then they have just been told?
7. Can you be objective and fair to everyone involved in the trial?
8. Can you all understand and apply the law as it will be explained to you?
The following questions would be asked of each potential jury themselves:
1. First, middle, last name and their age
2. City they live in
3. Whether they are married, single, divorced, separated
4. How many children they have and their ages
5. Type of education they have and the level they went to
6. Do they have education or actual experience in the legal field?
7. Their work history going back 10 years including who they worked for, what their position was and what they did and how long they worked for each place
8. The same information as number 7 only as applied to their spouse or any adult living in their household
9. Their primary activities or hobbies that are outside
10. Do they have any military background? If they do, what branch did they serve under, how long, what highest rank they obtained, what their duties consisted of or if they are discharged and what type was it?
11. Any prior military service
12. Any involvement in any civil lawsuit at all personally or work related
13. Any friends or family involved in civil lawsuits personally or work related
14. Were they ever a witness either at court or in a deposition?
In the Jury Guide (2010), Lawyers and/or the judge ask jurors questions about their personal lives or beliefs about certain issues: especially if it pertains to the upcoming case. The reason why they do this is evaluate the juror’s ability to serve and...