Monday, December 23, 2013

Dr. Lepage's JUST 374 class on courts participates in mock jury selection

At podium: JUST 374 student Tahnee Conte-Seccareccia, acting as
defense attorney, begins her questioning of prospective jurors.
Dr. Cory Lepage's JUST 374 class, The Courts, recently participated in a mock jury selection.  Students playing the role of prosecutors and defense attorneys practiced voir dire - asking questions of potential jurors -  during class.  Students from JUST 110 Intro to Justice classes taught by Dr. Allan Barnes, Dr. Troy Payne, and Dr. Lepage volunteered to play the role of prospective jurors.

Students who were playing the role of lawyers were given a hypothetical domestic violence case two weeks earlier and had to prepare legally permissible questions to ask of each juror.  In this class exercise to demonstrate the voir dire process, attorneys for the prosecution and defense questioned potential jurors, and could request that a potential juror be removed from consideration as a juror for the case.  The questioning of the potential jurors continued until the required number of jurors was selected. Dr. Lepage acted as the judge in the mock jury selection.

At podium: JUST 374 student Joshua Resseguie, acting as the prosecutor,
prepares to question prospective jurors.

Student "jurors" listen to the description of the case.