Jury Selection and Voir Dire

Stephen Howard — Stone River Law

Real Experience. Real Results.

Category: Jury-Trial

  • Jury Selection and Voir Dire

    Jury selection begins by calling in a panel of prospective jurors (sometimes called a “venire”).  In Utah, prospective jurors are chosen at random from a list of registered voters or driver license records.  In complex or serious cases (e.g. aggravated murder), jurors may be given a written questionnaire to complete prior to the beginning of…

  • The Defense Case at Trial

    Defendant’s Decision to Testify Because the prosecution always has the burden of proof in a criminal case, the prosecution presents its case first. After the prosecution witnesses have testified, the defense has an opportunity to present evidence and witnesses. Obligation to Present Evidence Because a defendant is presumed innocent, the defense is not under any…