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What happens during the jury selection process?

Jury FAQ

Once you are seated in the courtroom, the judge will inform you about the case and introduce the lawyers and others involved.  You will also take an oath in which you will promise to answer all questions truthfully.  After you are sworn in, you will begin a questioning process called voir dire, which means "to speak the truth".  During voir dire, the judge and counsel will ask the potential jurors questions to determine if anyone has prior knowledge of the case, if anyone knows the parties, if any potential jurors have a personal interest in the case or have any feelings that may make it hard as a juror to be impartial.  Though some of the questions may seem personal, please answer them completely and honestly.  Questions can be answered privately by requesting that your answer be provided at side-bar.

Remember: questions are not asked to be embarrassing and are intended to make sure members of the jury have no opinions or past experiences which may prevent anyone from making an impartial decision.



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