Jury Selection Process for Civil Trials

Jury selection for civil trials is similar to the process for criminal trials. Some key differences include:

  • Plaintiffs and defendants: Civil trials resolve disputes between the plaintiff (the party that started the action) and the defendant (the party that the action is against) – both parties are represented at the jury selection
  • Number of jurors: Only eight jurors are selected for civil trials
  • Timing: Civil trials usually begin the same day the jury is chosen – if you are summoned for a civil trial, be prepared to spend the entire day at the courthouse