Juror Selection

From Scholastic.com

This one-page reproducible handout is geared towards middle and high school students.  It gives a civil case scenario and interview answers from three potential jurors. Students are asked to decide whether each potential juror would be suitable for the case based on his/her answers. The handout is also part of a larger site called "Justice by the People" that includes multiple handouts, lesson plans, and a trial simulation.  

Additionally, students are asked to list the advantages or disadvantages of each potential juror for the plaintiff and defendant.  The process known as Voir Dire is also briefly summarized in a sidebar. 

This document is geared to teachers as well as students, but could be mined for information for judges or other presenters to use in a lecture or talk — e.g. a judge could structure a presentation (or even a simulation) using this handout as a guide.  

The document could also be simply used by teachers and judges as a handout to students either prior to a judge coming to talk or after a judge has left.  It would work either as a good introduction or a strong follow-up for a teacher to use and the children to keep.  

This resource is informative and education, and tailored toward the strengths of children at an older middle school and high-school level.  Middle and younger high school students could be walked through the scenarios as-is, while older students could be asked to make assessments about jurors' potential suitability for service on other kinds of cases or with other kinds of profiles.  

  1. A Conversation on the Constitution: Jury Service  Videos and lesson plan from the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics (M, H, A)
  2. Civil Mock Trials  Case study/mock trial from Street Law (H, A)
  3. Considering the Constitution  Document from Scholastic (P, M, H) 
  4. Court Shorts: Jury Service  Video from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (M, H, A)
  5. Criminal Mock Trials  Case study/mock trial from Street Law (H, A)
  6. Deciding by Group: You Are the Jury  Document from Scholastic (P, M, H)  
  7. Pathways to the Bench  Videos from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (H)
  8. Quiz #3: Civil Cases  Lesson Plan from the Federal Judicial Center (M, H, A)
  9. Quiz #4: Criminal Cases  Lesson Plan from the Federal Judicial Center (M, H, A)
  10. Texting While Driving  Case study/mock trial from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (H, A)
  11. Trial Court 'Go Fish'  Game from iCivics (P, M)

Additional Recommended Resources Off-Site Links

  1. A Constitutional Timeline
    • Multi-aged audience timeline that highlights key dates in history of Constitution, with links to text, audio and video clips. From National Constitution Center's Constitution Day site. 
  2. Interactive Constitution
    • Multi-aged audience site that enables users to search Constitution by keyword or topic, with access to explanatory materials throughout. From National Constitution Center.   
  3. The Annenberg Guide to the United States Constitution
    • Multi-aged audience site that lists the text of each section of every article in the Constitution, and provides explanation of what the text means in plain language.  From the Leonore Annenberg Institute of Civics. 
  4. Understanding the Federal Courts
    • Multi-aged online textbook-type document that includes sections on Article III, the Federal Court system and the geographical boundaries of the Courts of Appeal and the District Courts, the code of conduct for judges, juror qualifications, exemptions and terms of service, as well as categories of bankruptcy cases.  From the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts.