Before a jury is selected, the judge and lawyers will acquaint the jurors with the parties, witnesses, and circumstances in the case. Some or all of the following questions may be asked:
- Do you know any of the parties or witnesses or lawyers in this case?
- Do you have any prior knowledge of this case?
- Have you formed or expressed an opinion about this case or this type of case?
- Do you have any bias or prejudice against either side?
- Do you have any personal interest in the case?
- Is there any other reason why you would not be impartial if you served as a juror in this case?
These questions are intended to ensure that the jurors will be fair and impartial. If your answer to any of these questions is "yes", or if there is any reason why you cannot be indifferent in the case, you should raise your hand and bring the matter to the attention of the judge. The judge will then decide whether or not you should be excused from that case.