47.2 Jury Selection

(a) Examination of Jurors and Challenges for Cause

The court will question the entire array of jurors to determine whether any jurors should be eliminated for cause.  When the court completes its questions of the entire array, the clerk will draw by lot the total number of jurors necessary to select the trial panel.  As each prospective juror is called, the court will determine whether the prospective juror should be questioned individually.  The court will question jurors individually at the bench in the presence of counsel.  Counsel shall make any challenge to a prospective juror for cause at the bench after the court has completed its examination of the prospective juror.  The court may modify this practice in any case where the court determines that such modification is warranted.

(b) Jury Panel

The jury panel shall consist of the total number of jurors needed for the jury as determined by the court plus as many additional prospective jurors as are needed to allow both sides to exercise their peremptory challenges.

(c) Peremptory Challenges

Parties shall exercise peremptory challenges at the clerk's bench out of the hearing of prospective jurors.  The parties shall alternate in exercising peremptory challenges beginning with the plaintiff or prosecutor.

(d) Foreperson

The jury shall select its own foreperson before beginning its deliberations.