The judge will tell you about the case and will introduce the lawyers. Following explanations and taking of the oath, the judge and the lawyers will question you, and other members of the panel to determine if you are impartial. This process is called “VOIR DIRE”, a phrase meaning to “speak the truth”. Some of the questions may seem very personal; the lawyers are not trying to embarrass you but are trying to make sure you do not have opinions or past experiences which might prevent you from making an impartial decision.
At the conclusion of the questioning, the lawyers will challenge jurors in order to reach the final six persons. Once selected, the jury will be provided with an opportunity to call their homes or offices prior to the start of the trial.