Assistant District Attorney Dallas District Attorney's Office
This workshop will discuss the various issues that prosecutors face in the selection of juries in complex cases involving the sexual abuse of a child. The presenters will discuss themes and theories of child abuse cases and how to address those during voir dire. Topics such as child abuse dynamics, young witnesses, and lack of medical/physical evidence will be examined. The presenters will address identifying causation questions, pros and cons of questionnaires, and tools for detecting bias and prejudice in potential jurors. Participants will learn how to educate jurors on these matters starting at the very beginning of a trial.
How to tailor cause questions according to the themes and theories of child sexual abuse cases
How to identify bias and prejudice in potential jurors