The attorneys for the State and the defendant(s) will now ask you questions. The questions are not designed to pry into your personal affairs but to discover if you have any information or opinions concerning this case which you cannot lay aside, or personal experiences in your life which might cause you to favor or disfavor the State or the defendant or persons who may be witnesses. The questions may further be designed to ascertain your attitude on social, religious and moral issues. These questions are necessary to assure the State and the defendant(s) an impartial jury.

The attorney for the State will proceed first.

Committee Comments

The Commission reminds the trial judge that the attorneys for both the State and the defense have the right to voir dire the prospective jurors. Although counsel should be encouraged to ask questions of the jury panel as a group, counsel shall not be deprived of the right to ask reasonable questions of each prospective juror. 12 O.S. ch. 2 app., Rules for the District Courts of Oklahoma, R. 6.