How big should a civil jury be?

Today, I pick a civil jury for a trial that will last about six trial days. I spent last evening getting up to snuff on the motions in limine.

We summoned 17 jurors. I will put them all in the box and manipulate the strikes if we have to pitch any of them for cause. Putting them all in the box will increase my jury utilization statistics.

I hope to seat 8 or 9 jurors after the lawyers finish exercising their peremptory challenges. Unlike all of my colleagues in the District of Nebraska, I almost never use a 12-person jury in civil cases.

I wonder what civil trial lawyers think about juries of less than 12. Let me know what you think.


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