Search Site
Menu
What is Involved in Impaneling a Jury?

During the jury empanelment stage of both civil and criminal trials, there are inevitably some prospective jurors who raise their hands when asked whether service would impose an extreme and unusual hardship. Generally, those jurors are excused. Other prospective juror may feel that there is a reason that they cannot be impartial and, in that instance, the judge will ask questions of them at “side bar” to determine if the person can decide the case fairly.

Very rarely does a civil case involve a serious and high profile accident, which has been extensively covered in the local news. In such a situation it can be difficult to find jurors whose opinions have not been so tainted by their prior knowledge of the case, calling into question their impartiality. Again, this is quite unusual for a civil case, such as an accident case or otherwise, but I do know of one where the judge and attorneys were able to seat only eleven jurors (three short of the desired fourteen), having excused more than eighty other prospective jurors. In the more typical personal injury case, which is different from a high profile criminal case, there will not have been publicity, so there is no fear of jury taint on that account. The idea is to obtain a level playing field, and the judge will declare the jury indifferent, really meaning impartial, at the close of jury selection. An excused juror will hopefully not feel insulted for when a lawyer exercises a peremptory challenge—deleting a juror not for cause—it is based on an intuitive feeling and it is not attributable to any failing on the excused juror’s part.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Feinberg & Alban, P.C. fervently protects your rights
  • The Boston firm of Feinberg & Alban, P.C. specializes its practice in the area of personal injury.

    The attorneys serve the entire state of Massachusetts in addition to affiliating with lawyers in other states to handle cases outside of Massachusetts.

  • $7.7 Million Award for Feinberg & Alban Client in Personal Injury Trial

    Boston Attorneys Win Highest Injury Verdict in Massachusetts in 2011 & 2012.

Client Reviews
  • google
    5.0/5.0

    We would recommend Atty. Colleen Santora and the entire team at Feinberg & Alban highly. We had a major auto accident in 2012 and my husband also at a bad motorcycle accident as well four years after. We have always relied on her, She is a class act ...

    Read more

    Kyle Meahl

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Attorney Feinberg is an excellent attorney with top level trial skills. He has given invaluable insight and knowledge on cases at trial that only an attorney of his caliber and experience could provide. I would highly recommend him and his staff.

    Read more

    Jeremy Carroll

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    I highly recommend this law firm to anybody in need of a excellent Attorney. Colleen is very responsive as well as friendly and caring!! I had a great experience working with her an as i mentioned above i would recommend her office.

    Read more

    Keri Pait

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Marsha was experienced, very helpful and thorough. Absolutely wonderful to work with! I would highly recommend her and this firm to anyone!

    Read more

    Tedrina R

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    I would highly recommend Marsha Alban and her team. I am extremely happy with their work!!

    Read more

    Sasha Dubinsky

See all reviews
Awards & Affiliations
Contact us

Quick Contact Form