Monthly Archives: June 2011

What is “Voir Dire”?

Simply stated, it’s jury selection.  Or, at least, that’s what it usually means. Most Common Usage:  Ordinarily, the term “voir dire” refers to the process of selecting a jury from a panel of prospective jurors (sometimes referred to as veniremen).  … Continue reading

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What is a Magistrate?

In Texas, a “magistrate” is any judge who has the authority to issue search and arrest warrants and to give initial warnings to those who have been arrested.  Justices of the Peace are the most common of the magistrate judges.  However, virtually … Continue reading

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