from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A preliminary examination of prospective jurors or witnesses under oath to determine their competence or suitability.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The preliminary phase of a jury trial in which the jurors are examined and selected.
- n. A preliminary hearing without a jury in order to determine whether the evidence meets the test for admissibility to go to a full hearing at a criminal trial, in the legal systems of England and Wales, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- An oath administered to a witness, usually before being sworn in chief, requiring him to speak the truth, or make true answers in reference to matters inquired of, to ascertain his competency to give evidence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In law. See examination on the voir dire, under examination.
She and Hilliard had picked them in record time for a death-qualified jury, because Judge Guthrie had presided over voir dire and permitted only the most routine questions.
And so, in our voir dires, for instance, you always do a voir dire that's aimed more at teaching the juries about the law and about the case than it is at weeding out people.
The lawyers went through the process known as voir dire in which they began selecting a jury by eliminating potential jurors they thought might be biased or unable to give a fair hearing to the facts of the case.