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Yes. Sometimes the case is settled just a few moments before the trial begins. So even though a trial is scheduled for a certain day, the court may not know until that morning whether or not the trial will go forward. But your time spent waiting is not wasted-your very presence in the court encourages settlement.
During a process called Voir Dire which means "to speak the truth" the attorneys will ask potential jurors questions in an effort to empanel a fair and impartial jury.
For instance, if the case being tried involves robbery you may be asked if you or anyone in your family has ever been a victim of robbery. Being excused from a jury in no way reflects on your character or your competence as a juror, so you should not feel offended or embarrassed if your name is removed from the jury list.