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Do grand jurors really have to show up for duty every week for eighteen months??????

I have a co-worker who is serving on a Federal Grand Jury. He must report for duty every Tuesday for a period of eighteen months. Is this an obligation that he can avoid, or is he locked into it? Most of us at work are usually quite suspicious of his work ethic and intentions! It seems totally unreasonable that a working professional in a management position would be unable to get out of this!

(The bottom line is I have a bet, and I'd like to win the free lunch!)

Thank you kindly for your assistance.


Well, I don't know which side you bet on, so I don't know if this will help or not.

Yes, grand jurors have to show up on a regular basis, usually once a week - that depends on the particular federal judicial district, but once a week is not unusual. And, yes, the basic term for a federal grand jury is 18 months . . . which can, by the way, be extended for another 6 months if it is a regular grand jury or up to another 18 months for a special federal grand jury. The term does not, though, have to be extended, so it may just be 18 months.

Hope you win,

Good luck.




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