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NJ Judges Required to Ask Jurors Open-Ended Questions

By Attorney Michael B. Zerres on October 24, 2014

Erga v. Chalmers- Docket No. A-2632-12T4 – unpublished – Jury Selection/Voir Dire – decided July 16, 2014

This matter arises out of an auto accident trial, wherein the plaintiff sought reversal of a no-cause verdict after the Trial Court failed to ask Question Six from a set of sample jury questions set forth by the Administrative Office of the Courts in Directive #4-07.

During jury selection the court informed counsel that it intended to ask Question Six in the reverse. Plaintiff’s counsel requested Question Six be read as it appeared in Directive #4-07, explaining that asking the question in the negative would not allow full and frank responses from potential jurors. Even though the defendant did not object to having Question Six read from Directive #4-07, the Court insisted on reading the question in reverse, claiming it would save the Court time during jury selection. Read the rest »

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