Struck Jury Law and Legal Definition

Struck jury means a jury selected from a panel of names remaining after the parties are allowed to strike from a list any name that a given party does not wish to have on the jury. The parties can strike out certain number of names from the original list of names until the number is reduced to the appropriate number. The jurors are eliminated from the original panel first for hardship and second for cause by conducting voir dire. In most situations the struck jury is selected from an original panel of 48 members and the appropriate number of a struck jury is regarded as 12. A party requiring a struck jury must pay as the service is rendered, and there is no means provided for his/her reimbursement except by way of recovery thereof as costs from the adverse party.

A struck jury is a special privilege of a party to an action, for which s/he must pay the fees for striking it, and something more. For the money paid s/he shall not have any allowance in the taxation of costs, unless the court, where it has not itself ordered a struck jury, shall indicate an opinion that the cause required a struck jury, in which case the extraordinary expense which s/he has been at in making such payment shall be taxed in the bill of costs. [Board of Comm'rs v. Board of Comm'rs, 27 Ind. App. 378 (Ind. Ct. App. 1901)]