Is it possible that I might report for jury service but not sit on a jury?

Yes. The parties involved in a case generally seek to settle their differences and avoid the expense and time of a trial. Sometimes the case is settled just a few moments before the trial begins. So even though several trials are scheduled for a certain day, the court does not know until that morning how many will actually go to trial. But your time spent waiting is not wasted - your very presence in the court encourages settlement.

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1. Is it possible that I might report for jury service but not sit on a jury?
2. How are jurors chosen to sit on a jury in a civil case?
3. Why are some jurors removed from the list?
4. How are juries chosen in a criminal case?
5. What are alternate jurors?