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How long do you have to prepare before being sequestered on a jury?

Asked by Krazykat (74points) August 2nd, 2009 from iPhone

If you were going to be sequestered on a jury do you know how long you have to get your affairs together? Let’s say it is expected to be a multiple- month trial. How would you pay your bills while on the jury?

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Flo_Nightengale's avatar

No answers yet I see. Guess there are no lawyers on Fluther.

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From Slate “Sequestration has fallen so far out of favor that judges rarely bother anymore. The current thinking is that isolating a jury causes more problems than it solves. For one, it can increase juror dropouts. Those with family responsibilities can’t stomach more than a few nights away from home, and they often end up leaving midcase due to “personal circumstances.” The departures, in turn, increase the likelihood of a mistrial. And there are serious concerns that the eagerness of jurors to return home could compel them to deliberate hastily.”

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