I was summoned and even made it to a courtroom where a judge and the attorneys asked me questions. However, I was not chosen. Why?

I was summoned and even made it to a courtroom where a judge and the attorneys asked me questions. However, I was not chosen. Why?

It is not possible to know for sure. From the entire jury pool of summoned prospective jurors (referred to as the venire), a smaller number is drawn and sent to a judge’s courtroom. This group is referred to as the panel. You may not have been chosen from the panel to serve on the jury for any number of reasons. There are laws as well as legal principles which specify the particular qualifications or attributes a juror should have to be eligible to decide a particular type of case. In addition there may be some laws which exempt certain individuals from jury service entirely, or in certain types of cases. Through your answers to the questions posed by the judge and/or attorneys it will become known if you possess the appropriate qualifications for a particular case. This questioning process is called voir dire. If you do not possess the requisite qualifications or personal attributes, then the judge or the attorneys may decide to excuse you from service on a particular case. Customarily, the judge will excuse the prospective jurors who were not chosen from the panel without disclosing specific information why they were not selected. Do not take this personally as a rejection! The very reasons why you were not selected to serve on this case could be precisely the very reasons why you will be selected to serve on another case. Moreover, the persons actually selected to serve on this case might not be appropriate jurors on a different case.