What does it mean if one of the attorneys used a “peremptory challenge” on me?

What does it mean if one of the attorneys used a “peremptory challenge” on me?

These are another type of challenge, one for which cause is not required. They are usually used when an attorney for some reason did not want you to serve on the jury but was unsuccessful in convincing the judge to remove you ‘for cause.’ Each side usually has a predetermined number of peremptory challenges. Most courts confirm with the attorneys before the jury selection process begins their number of peremptory challenges. It is important to note that the attorney exercising the peremptory challenge may be doing so as part of his/her overall trial strategy. If you are eliminated as a prospective juror by a peremptory challenge, this does not reflect upon your ability or integrity. Some courts require that peremptory challenges be made openly so that the prospective jurors may hear them. Other courts require that the peremptory challenges be made out of prospective jurors’ sight and hearing. Some limits on the use of peremptory challenges have been imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts to guarantee that these peremptory challenges are not used to impermissibly remove jurors of a particular ethnic group or gender. See Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986).