voir dire

  • 1.

    From Old French, meaning "to speak the truth," voir dire is the process of questioning prospective jurors before a trial to select qualified jurors for the trial.

    Oregon Judicial Department 1
    See also jury selection
  • 2.

    Jury selection process of questioning prospective jurors, to ascertain their qualifications and determine any basis for challenge.

    United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 2

1Oregon Judicial Department, Juror Information: Glossary of Terms, http://­www.ojd.state.or.us/­jurorinfo/­glossary.htm (last accessed May 27, 2009).

2United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Commonly Used Terms - U.S. Courts, http://­www.ca9.uscourts.gov/­content/­view.php?pk_id=0000000237 (last accessed May 28, 2009).