Planning Your Service
- On many occasions, jury panel selections for lengthy criminal or civil trials may take more than one day to complete. Please factor this into your schedule when you are planning to appear for service. Many residents assume that under the One Trial or One Day system, your jury service will last only one day; in fact, it can be longer. Plan your schedule as if you will be selected. By planning for at least 3-5 days in addition to the selection process and by clearing your schedule of any outstanding travel or medical appointments, you will be fully prepared to successfully serve for the duration of your jury service.
- District of Columbia law does not provide automatic excuses from jury service based on your profession or the type of work that you do. Your employer (whether you are privately employed or a government employee) is required to give you time off from work to serve as a juror.
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