If I am selected as a juror for a trial, how long will I serve?
Most trials last one-to-two days. However, trials can last up to several weeks, and in rare occasions, several months, depending on the complexity of the trial. The nature of the issues and evidence in a particular case may require a longer trial. The judge will inform you at the beginning of the trial as to how long it is anticipated the trial will last.
During the trial, you may have to wait in the jury room while the judge and lawyers settle questions of law. Judges and other courtroom personnel will do everything they can to minimize the waiting both before and during the trial. You may want to bring something to read.
Parties often settle their differences moments before the trial is scheduled to begin. In such instances, you will be excused with the thanks of the court.
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