Preemptory Challenge

Jury selection is a vital part of the right to a fair trial. In a criminal jury trial it is the right of either the prosecutor or the defense lawyer to remove a juror from sitting on the jury. When this is done for a justified reason such as prejudice, the basis of the challenge is for cause. If the juror is removed without cause it is called a peremptory challenge. Typically each side is given a set number of peremptory challenges. The objective is to select a jury which is fair to both sides; or as many jury trials go, unfair to both sides.

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