Some dread it, some love it. What is it? Jury duty. Regardless, when Wisconsin lawyers seek damages a key aspect of the trial is jury selection. The 6th Amendment to the United States Constitution gives all US Citizens the right to a trial by an impartial jury. This impartial jury is selected randomly from the community, county or general area. The jury is then narrowed down after questioning from lawyers and the judge, in order to weed out jurors who would potentially be partial to one side or the other. Lawyers on both sides of the courtroom use multiple methods of selection in order to obtain a jury that will hopefully decide in their client’s favor.
It takes both time and money to learn about the background of the jurors. The thought is that hopefully the lawyers will gain some insight into the juror’s personal beliefs and politics, and therefore have the ability to foresee how they will side on the case. In the past, many lawyers would spend endless hours and significant monetary resources on finding the political background of the jurors. While each lawyer has their own preferred selection methods and questions, an article on the State Bar of Wisconsin’s website brings new light on the subject. Check out the article and see how times have changed due to the increase of moderates, independents, and many who do not affiliate with a political party. Lawyers now need to ask more in-depth questions pertaining to the specific case. The study in this article shows how jury selection has become much more difficult for attorneys.