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General Discussion December 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Grand Jury Service in DC

I just received a summons for 5 weeks of grand jury duty service in DC. Is anyone familiar with what the commitment actually is? Meaning, assuming I get selected, should I expect not to be at work for 5 weeks, or is it potentially a more fluid commitment (e.g., not every day or every week over that period)? Any info would be appreciated.

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I did a 4 week term. It was every day all day. Those that had the 5 week term got Fridays off, but the rest of the week was all day too.

I had the “pleasure” of serving on the 5-week grand jury a couple of years ago. It’s about as unpleasant as you think it is: 9-5, Monday through Friday for 5 weeks straight with no access to phones or computers. And then you have to go back for a day six weeks later to close out any outstanding business. I luckily had just started a new job so didn’t have many work obligations to put off and the employer is flexible with those sorts of absences so I didn’t feel I had a legitimate excuse to get out of it. The experience itself was pretty interesting and I ended up becoming pretty good friends with one of the other jurors. So it wasn’t a complete loss. But, man, some of the cases were pretty depressing. And don’t assume that because you’ve served a 5-week stint that it’ll buy you a bunch of time from the summons gods: I just received a new summons 2 years later on the dot. It’s for Petit Jury, but still…

Good luck!

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