- A decision issued at the end of a civil or criminal trial.
Voir dire is the process in which prospective jurors are questioned to determine whether they will be selected as jurors, sometimes referred to simply as jury selection.
This process can take many forms. Sometimes questions are asked only by the judge, and in other cases lawyers are permitted to question prospective jurors directly.
During voir dire, prospective jurors may be challenged as unsuitable for the case at hand. These challenges fall into two categories: challenges for cause and peremptory challenges.
Note: the term is pronounced VWAHR (with a nearly silent r) DEER.