In the US, I was very familiar with the procedure of potential jurors being interrogated by both attorneys--one at a time-- to assess whether they would have bias or if either the defence or prosecution just didn't feel like they were going to be helpful for their case, they could be dismissed. I even remember the attorney I was close to attending seminars on "how to pick a jury." Jury selection can be a lengthy and integral part of the court case.
And now I understand why.
Next time I get that little note in the mailbox, if there ever is a next time, I'll be sure to be the one to stand up, take care of myself and plead my own case.
(ungrounded part 1 can be found HERE and ungrounded part 3--- the final instalment will be coming soon)