Originally Posted by lawyerdad
It sort of depends. It used to work like that in California, and the really jacked up thing was that if they told you to go to work the next day you didn't get credit for that day against the week or ten days or whatever the length of time was you were on the hook. "One week" of jury service could basically screw you up schedule-wise for like three weeks. If the day you're told (late the day before) you don't have to report still counts against your commitment, that's a bit better.
That's a shitty way to do it.
When I was called in MN, it was for a fixed amount of time (I think one week of actual service, and a second week of secondary). If you were let go early or not called in, then your commitment was done.
Here in Chicago, we do single day jury pools. If you get a call-in arrangement and don't have to go...you are completely done, there are new people coming in tomorrow. Nice because you don't have to block off a week, and since most people won't end up on a jury, it doesn't fuck with people's incomes that much. But if you get stuck on a multi-day trial, it kind of sucks since you thought you only had to go for a day.