Michael Jackson's Trials

Michael Jackson's Trials


The Ongoing Trials of The Late Michael Jackson

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

The Process of Jury Selection

The jury selection, in the Michael Jackson trial, has now started.

Step one is for the 750 potential jurors to attend court, this process will be staggered Monday through Wednesday this week.

Judge Rodney Melville will question each of them, individually, to see if they are suitable candidates for the 12 person jury.

Since the trial will last around 6 months, those who have major job commitments or health issues will be excluded.

The next stage will be the "questionnaire" which consists of 7 pages; it is expected to include questions on their views about Jackson, and knowledge of the case.

The prosecution and defence teams will then eliminate candidates, based on their questionnaire responses.

The final pool, remaining, will return to court for more questioning. Judge Melville will be looking for a primary team of 12, with a substitute bench of 8.

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