voir direvoir dire
the phase of a trial in which prospective jurors are examined and jurors are selected
Origin of voir direFrench from voir(e), truly + dire, to say
The formal examination of a prospective juror under oath to determine suitability for jury service or of a prospective witness under oath to determine competence to give testimony.
transitive verbvoir dired, voir dir·ing, voir dires
To conduct a voir dire of: voir dired the witness.
Origin of voir direAnglo-Norman to speak the truth Latin vērus true ; see wērə-o- in Indo-European roots.Latin dīcere to say ; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
(plural voir dires)
- (law) The preliminary phase of a jury trial in which the jurors are examined and selected.
- (law) 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.
voir dire - Legal Definition
Literally to see, to speak; hence, idiomatically, to speak the truth. The usual reference is to an examination by the attorneys and/or the court of prospective jurors to determine whether reasons exist that might disqualify them or cause their selection to be challenged, other than peremptorily. During a trial, a voir dire examination refers to one outside the hearing of the jury concerning some issue of fact or law that requires the court to rule.