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Selected for Jury Service
Length of Jury Service
If you ARE selected to serve on a jury for a trial, your service is complete at the conclusion of the trial. The average trial lasts for three to five days.
Some of the municipal courts and justice of the peace courts use a "pooling" system. This means you are on call by the court for a period of time (4 to 8 weeks). You may be called by the court several days in advance to appear on a specific date, or you may be required to call the court. You may also be required to appear several times during your period of service depending on the needs of the court. If you have conflicts that will prevent you from serving over a period of time, please contact the Jury Office to see if you are eligible for a postponement.
Delays in Jury Selection or Trial
The most common complaint of jurors is the unexplained time seemingly wasted during jury selection and trials. What might appear to be a waste of time to you is actually time being used by the judge and attorneys working on matters that must be done outside the presence of the jury. These events often arise unexpectedly and cannot be planned for in advance. A case may settle just before a trial was to start which eliminates the need for a jury to be assigned. This is unpredictable and unfortunately may negate the need for your services that day as a juror. Your presence may have accelerated this result and without your knowledge, you will have played a vital role in our legal system. Please be aware of these possibilities and bear with us as we all work to accomplish our goal of achieving justice for all.
Sequence of a Jury Trial
- Selection of the jury
- Judge instructs jurors about their responsibilities during trial
- Opening statements by counsel
- Presentation of evidence through witness testimony, documents and exhibits
- Closing arguments by counsel
- Judge issues final instructions on the law
- Jury selects a presiding juror (foreperson) and discusses the evidence to reach a verdict
- The verdict
The Jury Duty Experience
Your involvement serving on a Jury can sometimes be out of the ordinary. We offer some basic tips for coping after Jury Duty.
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