How long does a trial take?

The length of each trial varies depending on the type of trial, the complexity of the issues involved with that trial, and how long jurors are expected to spend in deliberations. Most trials are completed within a few days to a week. However, occasionally there are trials that may last more than two weeks. 

During a trial's jury selection process (which is also known as voir dire), the judge and the attorneys involved with the trial will indicate how long they expect the trial to last. Judges are aware that long trials may be difficult for some people.

It will be your responsibility to let the judge know if it may be a serious hardship for you to serve on a long trial. Please be patient during the jury selection process, because other potential jurors may have similar concerns about time.

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1. When do I report for jury service?
2. What if I cannot serve?
3. What if I am unable to serve during the dates on my summons?
4. How do I request a postponement or to be excused?
5. What if I'm over 70 years old?
6. What if I’m a full time student and am not able to serve?
7. What are the qualifications to serve as a juror?
8. What may disqualify me as a juror?
9. What if I am unable to serve due to my health?
10. What if I have moved out of Lancaster County?
11. What if I do not read or speak English?
12. What if I care for a child or adult with a medical condition?
13. What if I need special accommodations?
14. What if I am a nursing mother?
15. What if I am self-employed?
16. What if my request to be excused is denied?
17. What are the operating hours of the Courts?
18. Where is the Jury Commission office?
19. Is the Jury Commissioner elected or appointed?
20. Where do I report for jury service?
21. Where do I park?
22. Will I get paid for jury service?
23. How do I get paid for jury service?
24. What items are prohibited in the Hall of Justice?
25. How do jurors get picked for jury duty?
26. Why do I have to serve as a juror?
27. Will my employer allow me to take time off for jury service?
28. What if I need a statement to show my employer the days I served on jury duty?
29. How long does a trial take?
30. What happens if there is inclement weather?
31. What if I am called as a grand juror?