There will be 12 jurors. Each side will have three peremptory challenges.
28 or21 jurors will be called depending on the substance of the case
on trial. The “struck” jury system will be used.
The voir dire process will begin with brief statements from counsel outlining the facts
that they intend to prove at trial. These statements are limited to five minutes. The statements
are to summarize only that evidence that each side expects to introduce at trial.
The Court will conduct the first stage of voir dire to all 28 jurors. Counsel
shall submit proposed voir dire questions in advance of trial. Counsel shall have ten minutes to
conduct voir dire, subject to the limitations of the Memorandum filed January 3, 1996.
The Court will address challenges for cause at the bench. Counsel shall address
challenges from among all of the 28 jurors. The first juror excused for cause will be
replaced by juror number 13. Subsequent excusals will be replaced by the next available
jurors in turn. Excusals for cause will not be announced to the jury panel until all challenges
have been exercised.
Peremptory challenges shall be made at the bench and shall be announced to the other
party. The challenged jurors will be replaced by the next available juror. Until the final jury is
chosen, the jurors will not change seats or numbers, unless it becomes necessary to use
additional jurors in the selection process.
If a challenge is passed, that challenge is lost; it cannot be saved to increase the number
of challenges available in a subsequent round.