voir dire

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From Anglo-Norman, literally “to speak the truth”, from Old French voir (true; truly) (from Latin vērus (true)) + dire (to say) (from Latin dīcere (to speak; to say)).



voir dire (plural voir dires)

  1. (law) The preliminary phase of a jury trial in which the jurors are examined and selected.
  2. (law) A preliminary hearing without a jury in order to determine whether the evidence meets the test for admissibility to go to a full hearing at a criminal trial, in the legal systems of England and Wales, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.