During the trial of a criminal case, both the state and the defense get 9 strikes that can be used to strike a juror off the jury panel. As long as the strikes are not used based on race, gender or nationality, each side is free to use them as they choose. Recently, defendants in a joint trial argued that in a trial of more than one defendant, each defendant should receive 9 strikes. The Supreme Court disagreed holding that both defendants get 9 strikes and must split them between the two. Dixon v. State, S09A0222. The Court explained that if each defendant were given the full 9 strikes it would be inconvenient and difficult to get juries.