What is the number of peremptory challenges allowed in illinois?

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    In civil cases (6 jurors), the plaintiff and defendant are each entitled to 3 peremptory challenges to the entire panel. Fourteen (14) members of the jury panel will be called in numerical order and questioned. The jury will be picked in panels of three (3) unless the parties agree to a seven (7) person jury, in which case the first panel selected will be four (4). Challenges for cause will be taken up first. Plaintiff will then use peremptory challenges beginning with the first juror called until a panel has been accepted and tendered to defendant. Defendant may then accept said panel or exercise peremptory challenges to a member or members of said panel. If defendant breaks the panel by the exercise of peremptory challenges, the next numerical juror is placed into the panel until a panel has been accepted and tendered back to plaintiff. This process continues until a panel has been accepted by plaintiff and defendant, or until each side has exercised all their peremptory challenges. Additional members of the jury panel will be questioned in numerical order as needed until a jury is selected. The 1991 Amendment to Rule 47 of the Federal Civil Procedures and Rules abolished alternate jurors. Rule 48 now permits that additional jurors may be selected to hear and participate in the verdict in civil cases. In multiple party cases, additional peremptory challenges may be granted and divided among the parties by the court.

    In criminal cases (12 jurors), the government is entitled to 6 peremptory challenges and the defendant, or the defendants jointly, to 10 peremptory challenges to be exercised on the entire panel. Twenty eight (28) members of the jury panel will be called in numerical order and questioned. Challenges for cause will be taken up first. The jury will be picked in panels of four. The government will use peremptory challenged beginning with the first juror called until a panel has been aaccepted and tendered to defendant. Defendant may then accept said panel or exercise peremptory challenges to a member or members of said panel. If defendant breaks the panel by the exercise of peremptory challenges, the next numerical juror is placed into the panel until the panel has been accepted and tendered back to the government. This process continues until a panel has been accepted by the government and defendant or until each side has exercised all their peremptory challenges. This process continues until a jury of 12 has been accepted by the government and defendant. Typically, two alternate jurors are used, and each side is entitled to 1 additional peremptory challenge to be used against an alternate juror only. In multiple defendant cases, additional peremptory challenges may be granted and divided among the defendants by the court.

    United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

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