As seen on:
1610 Southern Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL
Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist
In Florida, jury selection is accomplished through a series of challenges by both parties. There is no limit to the number of challenges a party may make for cause. However, peremptory challenges are limited. Prospective jurors who are challenged within those limits will be excused from the jury.
Parties cannot use their peremptory challenges to get rid of jurors based upon race, religion, or membership of a class that is subject to constitutional strict scrutiny review. If a defendant objects to the use of the peremptory challenges because of discrimination, the judge will ask the prosecutor to give a race-neutral reason for the peremptory strike.
The limits for peremptory challenges are the following:
· Ten – Life felonies or capital offenses
· Six – Other felonies
· Three – Misdemeanors