How long does a trial take?

The length of trials varies depending on how complex the issues are and how long jurors spend in deliberations. Most trials are completed within a few days or a week. The judge knows about how long the trial will take, and he or she will tell you the time frame when your group is called for jury selection.

Judges know how difficult long trials can be. Let the judge know whether it is a serious hardship for you to sit on a long trial. Be patient during this process because a lot of people have similar time concerns.

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1. What if I do not speak English?
2. What happens to my job or school attendance record?
3. How much and when do I get paid?
4. What if I care for a dependent child or adult?
5. Why do I always get summoned but other people don't?
6. What if I have been called twice or have already served in the past year?
7. What should I do if I need special accommodations?
8. How long does a trial take?
9. Why do I have to wait around so much as a juror?
10. What kind of trial will I hear?
11. Can I take notes or ask questions during the trial?
12. Is my privacy protected during and after the trial?
13. What happens after the verdict?
14. How can I get out of jury service?
15. Is there a consequence for my refusal to serve?