What is Struck Jury?

Legal Definition
A struck jury is a multi-step process of selecting a jury from a pool. First potential jurors are eliminated for hardship. Second jurors are eliminated for cause by conducting voir dire until there is a pool available that is exactly the size of the final jury (including required alternates) plus the number of peremptory challenges available to each side. Then the two sides exercise their peremptory challenges on the remaining pool, usually alternating. This procedure "has its roots in ancient common law heritage".
-- Wikipedia
Legal Definition
A struck jury is a multi-step process of selecting a jury from a pool. First potential jurors are eliminated for hardship. Second jurors are eliminated for cause by conducting voir dire until there is a pool available that is exactly the size of the final jury (including required alternates) plus the number of peremptory challenges available to each side. Then the two sides exercise their peremptory challenges on the remaining pool, usually alternating. This procedure "has its roots in ancient common law heritage".

Commentators have offered the following (and other) advantages of a struck jury over a "strike and replace" jury:

  • It is capable of producing a less biased jury than the alternative;
  • There is no reason to hold back on use of peremptories, because lawyers have full knowledge of who will remain on the panel;
  • Remedying an alleged Batson violation is easier, since court and counsel can view all the strikes and a ruling can be made before any juror is excused.
-- Wikipedia
Legal Definition
A special jury selected by striking from the pannel of jurors, a certain number by each party, so as to leave a number required by law to try the cause. In general, a list of forty-eight jurors is made out for each case; the plaintiff strikes off twelve, and the defendant the same number from those who remain twelve are to be selected to try the cause, unless they are challenged for cause. See Challenge.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
In practice. A special jury. So called because constituted by striking out a certain number of names from a prepared list. See Wallace v. Railroad Co., 8 Houst. (Del.) 529. 18 Atl. 8l8; Cook v. State, 24 N. J. Law, 843.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
One selected from a panel of 4S, each party striking off 12.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary