What does the term "voir dire" mean?

The phrase "Voir Dire" literally means, "to speak the truth." In court, it refers to a process of determining whether a juror can serve fairly and impartially in a given case by asking the juror various questions. These questions are designed to let the court learn whether a juror has prior knowledge of the case, is related to or employed by one of the parties in the case, and whether the juror has prejudices and opinions which would make it impossible for him/her to make an impartial decision in the case.

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1. How long do I have to serve?
2. My summons says I am to report to the Court of General Sessions (or Common Pleas). What's the difference?
3. What's the difference between hearing a civil or criminal case?
4. How should I dress?
5. What can I bring with me to the Judicial Center?
6. Is there any special "courtroom etiquette" I should be aware of?
7. What is "roll call?"
8. What does the term "voir dire" mean?
9. Will I definitely sit in on a trial when I perform jury duty?