What you can expect depends very much upon the particular court system that is calling you as a juror. You may be called to serve as a federal juror, or you may be called to serve as a state or local juror. Within each court system there are both civil and criminal matters.
The amount of time commitment that may be involved likewise is going to depend very much upon what court system is issuing the jury summons to you. If you are called to serve as a federal grand juror, you may be involved in that proceeding for many, many months. Likewise, if you are called to serve as a juror on a complicated civil or criminal matter you could be involved in that trial for several weeks or months.
Typically at the time of your first appearance as a juror the judge or jury commissioner will explain to you what type of time commitment may be involved.
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