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Is Judicially Supervised Jury Selection in Pennsylvania an Emerging Right?

It is perhaps axiomatic that an essential component of the constitutional right to trial by jury is the existence of a jury that is both fair and impartial. Impartiality is typically facilitated and protected through the voir dire process where potential jurors are vetted to discern actual bias or the appearance of partiality. As set forth more fully below, recent local rule changes, perhaps prompted by Pennsylvania Supreme Court concurring decisions, suggests that the right to judicial supervision of the jury selection process may be an emerging right in the Commonwealth.

 

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