Rhode Island Personal Injury Law: Picking a Jury


What are the best practices for selecting a jury in a Rhode Island personal injury trial? When our lawyers go to state court, it is important to know the law in impaneling a jury. Here are five practice pointers:

  1. Know Rhode Island Laws: 9-10-11 et. seq.
    This is where you will find the law on such issues as the number of jurors, (six, with in practice two alternates), examining prospective jurors, peremptory challenges, and the like.
  2. Standard for Challenge
    RI General Law §9-10-14 allows our personal injury lawyers to challenge a biased prospective juror defined as, “One who does not stand indifferent in the cause.”
  3. Identify With Your Juror Pool
    Getting your juror pool to talk is a challenge that is important to pursue. In Rhode Island, our practice is to allow personal injury lawyers to ask questions in open court. One idea is to use analogies and examples to engender conversation.
  4. Know Your Judge: Be Rhode Island!
    As the smallest state in size, us Rhode Island lawyers are particular! Beware if you are thinking of hiring an out-of-state lawyer. There are times when a Boston or other big city lawyer has fallen flat in Rhode Island courts. Being a part of the “Little Rhody” tribe is a benefit.
  5. Think Jury “De-Selection” During Rhode Island Voir Dire
    Getting to know potential jurors is perhaps the most important aspect of a Rhode Island personal injury case. Attorneys in Providence Superior Court know that finding those people who cannot be impartial is crucial. Our lawyers use their peremptory challenges to weed out potentially biased jurors so our clients have a fair shot at justice.

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