Maryland State Bar Association Special Committee on Voir Dire
The Honorable Sherrie Lavine Krauser & Paul Mark Sandler, Esquire, Co-Chairs
The Honorable Clayton Aarons, Maryan Alexander, Jennifer L. Banach, Matthew S. Ballard, Erek L. Barron, Paul D. Bekman, Robert C. Bonsib, John A. Bourgeois, Augustus F. Brown, IV, Mark R. Brown, Jodie Buchman, Anne M. Deady, Matthew Esworthy, the Honorable Lawrence Fletcher-Hill, Robert G. Fiore, Christopher S. Flohr, Nancy S. Forster, Angela B. Grau, Timothy M. Gunning, James Hammerschmidt, John C. Hanrahan, Jason C. Hessler, Robert M. Horne, the Honorable John A. Howard, the Honorable Ruth Jakubowski, Thomas L. Kemp, Scott P. Kurlander, John J. Lovejoy, Christopher J. Madaio, the Honorable John M. Maloney, M. Natalie McSherry, Michelle J. Moodispaw, Stephen J. Nolan, Franklin B. Olmsted, the Honorable Charles J. Peters, Sarah P. Pritzlaff, the Honorable J. Frederick Sharer, Michael J. Schreyer, the Honorable Jerome R. Spencer, the Honorable Dennis M. Sweeney, Frank T. Taylor, Jr., Robert K. Taylor, Jr.
The Model Jury Selection Questions (MJSQ) provide an organized, consistent, simple and clear guide to selecting juries. They include model language and a flexible script for judges to use in the jury selection process and for practitioners to use in submitting proposed questions to judges. Generously endorsed by the Court of Appeals of Maryland, see Collins v. State, 452 Md. 614 (2017), they are a tool, for every judge and practitioner to ensure a fair and impartial jury.
The MJSQ include two separate, stand-alone sets: one for Civil and one for Criminal Trials. Each set contains three sections: Introduction, Questions for Jury Panel, and Seating Procedure. There is a consistent style and format throughout. The pattern used throughout the guide enables the questions to be easily modified and new questions developed for a particular trial. The questions use broad, simple, easily understood language for greater application, and to encourage candid responses.