Voir dire seating chart templates are extremely important for lawyers and paralegals who are keeping a track of the court proceedings.
There are two types of forms that are extremely important to keep that track. One is to keep a track of the seating arrangement of the jurors along with their background, and another is to keep a track of their responses.
These are some of the Voir dire seating chart templates which you can download for free and take a printout. You can take them to the courtroom and keep a track of the responses of the jurors along with their seating arrangements.
1. Jury panel seating chart 1
This seating chart will help you to neatly document the date of the trial, the name of the plaintiff, and the defendant. You can also document the name of the trial judge, name of the plaintiff’s attorney, and the defendant’s attorneys respectively. The most important thing will be to document the name of all the jurors who were finalized after the jury selection. This is the initial chart which you can improvise further.
This is a regular seating chart for a 12 member jury which is used in most American courts for most trials.
Example Template #1
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2. Municipal court jury panel chart
This voir dire seating chart is similar to the first chart; however, this one is specifically used by the municipal courts in the U.S. Along with the name of the jury members, you can document some of the other information in this voir dire seating chart template. It can include their character traits, the state they belong to, their gender, occupation, and other details.
Example Template #2
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3. Legal Pleading Template
This template can be used once the hearing commences. The jury members will have their opinions about each exhibit, proof, and other arguments presented by both attorneys. Along with the name, the age, occupation, and education level of each juror can be documented in this template.
During the course of the entire hearing, multiple sheets can be used to document the predicted response of each set of arguments pertaining to each juror.
Example Template #3
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4. Real-time jury seating arrangement template
This template is simple, however, it is uploaded online which will make it available for the judges, attorneys, court clerks, etc. In case there is any change in the jurors, it can be updated on a real-time basis. Sometimes during the trial different facts come up and due to conflict of interest, some jurors may drop out. Some jurors may drop out due to personal reasons, health reasons, etc.
This real-time jury seating arrangement template will be useful to mitigate such situations.
Example Template #4
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5. Voir Dire organizer
Some team members prefer to use these kinds of organizers wherein they can record the responses of each juror on a real-time basis. At the top they would have pasted the main seating arrangement of each juror and by studying their body language during the hearing; the supporting lawyers will make notes and update the organizer.
This helps them in figuring out the outcome of the final verdict before the final voting happens (guilty or not guilty). However, each day in the courtroom is extremely crucial and the inner responses of the jurors which the lawyers try to gauge each day are documented in such organizers.
Example Template #5
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6. Jury panel seating chart 2
This voir dire seating chart template might not be different from the first image distinctly; however, it helps to document the jury members who are influencers. If the junior lawyers assisting the attorney who is arguing the case can keep a proper note about the jury members, it helps the attorney a lot. The jurors who are the leaders of the pack, the attorney can proceed with an eye contact with them during the entire trial. This tactic normally works in winning the jury members.
Example Template #6
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7. Jury panel seating chart 3
This representation of the jury members along with their age, race, occupation, education, and probable response to each question is much easier to track. This is a popular voir dire seating chart template used by many paralegals. You can add other columns like gender, and customize the notes section as per your needs.
Example Template #7
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8. Photo jury panel seating
If you manage to gather the pictures of each juror from social media, or if you are good at sketching, you may choose to maintain this template. One voir dire seating chart template along with their pictures in the entire file will be easy to discuss the case later in the conference room of your law firm.
Example Template #8
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9. Jury seating arrangement in the state of Hawaii
The voir dire seating chart has not changed in the state of Hawaii. However, during the global pandemic of COVID 19, the court had to make some changes keeping the rule of social distancing in mind. There is a 6-foot social distancing maintained in courtrooms since the beginning of 2020 and it continues to date.
Hence, if you are a paralegal looking for an identical chart with the seating arrangement of the jurors, you need to keep this in mind.
Example Template #9
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10. Dana Ducote’s jury panel seating template
Dana Ducote has explained various methodologies that paralegals should apply to their working styles. She has come up with an extremely informative video that includes all the important chapters of building a trial notebook. The jury seating arrangement is one of them and the junior lawyers in a law firm should follow it.
Example Template #10
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11. 44 member jury seating arrangement
Even though it is a very unusual situation that there will be a hearing with 44 members in the jury, however, this template covers that situation. Names, age, gender, occupation, etc. of all the 44 members sitting in the same courtroom listening to the same trial can be documented in this voir dire seating chart.
Extremely complicated cases with multiple crimes involved in one set of incidents might require this kind of jury selection. However, if you get involved in such a case, you need to have the right template which you can use to document the information.
Example Template #11
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12. Seating chart for 36 jurors
In many counties in the U.S, this type of voir dire seating chart arrangement is used. It has the capability to accommodate 36 jurors and again the circumstances for these kinds of cases are unique. The standard number of jury members for regular cases in all the states of the U.S is 12. Hence it is obvious that if the judges for a particular case have requested to have thrice the number of jurors for the case, it has to be a special case.
In such kinds of cases, taking the details of ethnic origin, age, etc. is extremely important. The judges might be concerned that the defendant might not receive a fair trial due to their race or ethnic background. It is practically impossible to even remember the names of 36 jurors let alone their details. Since such cases will go on trial for a long duration, for the sake of continuation and the reaction of the jurors on each trial date, the documentation becomes extremely important.
Example Template #12
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13. Fourteen member jury trial
This is a very common occurrence during jury trials. A fourteen-member jury is used by many states in many trials these days. After the COVID 19 pandemic, this arrangement became more popular. This is just to ensure in case any jury member is infected with the virus, the trial should continue. Since a minimum of 12 member jury is mandatory in all jury trials, the courts came up with this solution.
Example Template #13
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14. Excel-based jury trial templates
Since the lawyers are authorized to carry their laptops in the courtroom, they can create their own voir dire jury trial excel based templates. These templates can be much bigger than the regular A4 size sheets and hence can accommodate many details. You can include dropdowns through the validation feature of excel and include the name of the states they belong to and similar data which you can group later.
You can convert these excel sheets into pivots and use other analytical parameters to assess the trends and other important information.
Example Template #14
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15. Jury panel seating chart 4
This one too is a regular 12 member jury chart template with a provision to have two alternate members. This one is quite similar to the ones which we discussed in the past and you can record the basic details about each juror.
Example Template #15
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The job of a lawyer is tough, as it involves reading through the materials of similar cases which were tried in the courts of law. If you have an organized paralegal team that can do the paperwork properly, your life will become much easier. Voir dire seating chart template is one such tool that will make the lives of the attorney easier.
Most of the templates which are discussed above are meant for a regular 12 juror jury. However, some trials in the past few decades have shown that there were more jury members required than the regular 12 member team, we have gone an extra mile. Since the law is a complicated subject and no two court cases are the same, we have tried to include those types of templates for your benefit. Now go ahead and break a leg!!!