Jury selection refers to a procedure employed to choose the people from among the community using a reasonably random method to serve on a trial jury. All jurors shall be electors, or citizens of the United States who are residents of Connecticut. They should have reached the age of eighteen and have a permanent place of abode in the state and appear on the list compiled by the jury administrator.
A person shall be disqualified to serve as a juror if such person
- is not able to speak and understand the English language;
- is selected and served as an impaneled juror in any court within the preceding twelve months;
- is scheduled for juror service within the next twelve months by another court;
- have sole responsibility for the daily care of a permanently disabled person living in the same household, where your juror service would cause substantial risk of injury to the health of the disabled person; or
- have a physical or mental disability that would affect his/her ability to serve as a juror[i].
All persons selected for jury service shall be selected at random from the population of the area served by the court. All qualified persons have an equal opportunity to be considered for jury service in the state and an obligation to serve as jurors when summoned for that purpose. It is the responsibility of jury commissioners to manage all jury systems in an efficient, equitable, and cost-effective manner.
To select a fair and impartial jury in civil jury trials, the trial judge shall examine the prospective jurors. Upon completion of the judge’s initial examination, counsel for each party shall have the right to examine, by oral and direct questioning, any of the prospective jurors in order to enable counsel to intelligently exercise both peremptory challenges and challenges for cause. However, the law does not permit these challenges to be made in a discriminatory manner.
[i] C.R.S. 13-71-105 (2009)