voir dire examination

voir dire examination
The examination of a prospective juror by a litigant, usually through the latter's counsel, for the purpose of determining whether such prospective juror is qualified to act as a juror and for the further purpose of aiding the litigant in the exercise of his peremptory challenges. 31 Am J Rev ed Jury § 136. The preliminary examination of one called as a witness to determine competency. 58 Am J1st Witn § 211.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • voir dire — 1 / vwär dir, wär / n [Anglo French, to speak the truth]: a formal examination esp. to determine qualification (as of a proposed witness) the judge admitted the witness s expert testimony after a voir dire by the attorney; esp: the act or process …   Law dictionary

  • voir dire — [vwär΄ dir′] n. [Fr < voir(e), truly + dire, to say] Law 1. an oath taken by a person to speak the truth in an examination testing his or her competence as a witness or juror 2. the examination itself …   English World dictionary

  • voir dire — /vwahr dear /; Fr. /vwannrdd deerdd /, Law. 1. an oath administered to a proposed witness or juror by which he or she is sworn to speak the truth in an examination to ascertain his or her competence. 2. the examination itself. [1670 80; < AF,… …   Universalium

  • voir dire —    (vwahr DEER) [Old French: the truth to say] An oath administered to a witness or juror who promises to speak the truth in an examination to determine his or her competence to testify; the examination itself.    At the opening of the… …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • voir dire — /vwa ˈdɪə/ (say vwah dear) noun 1. Law a hearing by the judge in the course of, but apart from, the main trial, in order to settle a question raised by either party concerning any fact which has to be assumed for the purposes of the trial proper …   Australian English dictionary

  • voir dire — [[t]ˈvwɑr ˈdɪər[/t]] n. law the examination of a proposed witness or juror to ascertain the person s competence to give or hear testimony • Etymology: 1670–80; < AF, = OF voir true, truly +dire to say …   From formal English to slang

  • voir dire — |vwär|di(ə)r noun Etymology: Anglo French, from Old French, to say the truth, from voir true, truth (from Latin verum, from neuter of verus true) + dire to say, from Latin dicere more at very, dicti …   Useful english dictionary

  • voir dire — /vwar dir/ L. Fr. To speak the truth. This phrase denotes the preliminary examination which the court and attorneys make of prospective jurors to determine their qualification and suitability to serve as jurors. Peremptory challenges or… …   Black's law dictionary

  • voir dire — noun Etymology: Anglo French, literally, to speak the truth Date: 1676 a preliminary examination to determine the competency of a witness or juror …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • voir dire — (French) oath of witness; initial examination of a legal witness in order to determine if he or she is fit to give testimony …   English contemporary dictionary


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