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TRIAL DURATION: The length of a trial can be from 1 day to over 4 weeks. It is very uncommon for a trial to last more than 3 days. Throughout the year, there may be a trial that goes a full week or even 2 weeks. The judge will advise you about the estimated length of the trial.
SICKNESS OR EMERGENCIES: If an illness or emergency prevents your attendance, please call the court administrator as soon as possible.
PRESCHEDULED COMMITMENTS: It is very difficult for us to excuse an absence at the last minute, especially after your name has been randomly selected for a trial and listed on the jury information line. If you have a doctor's appointment, previously planned vacation or a legitimate excuse for an absence, we can temporarily pull your name from the jury list before a random list is chosen for a trial.
Please call the court administrator as soon as you are aware of a conflict that would prevent you from coming to the courthouse on any given day within your jury term.
OVERNIGHT STAY: Jurors are rarely detained overnight, but you may be sequestered while deliberating on a criminal verdict or for the duration of a highly publicized trial. The Bailiff in charge will notify your family if you are sequestered.