I have heard that sometimes jurors are not allowed to go home until after the trial is over. Will this happen to me?

Usually jurors go home at the end of each day and return the next morning. However, in extremely rare cases, a jury will be "sequestered" during the trial or during the jury deliberations. Sequestered means that instead of going home at the end of the day, jurors stay in hotels, where their access to other people, radio news, television news, and newspapers is limited. This is done to keep them from accidentally hearing something about the trial that was not told in court or from being influenced by news reports. This is important because juries must reach their decisions based only on what they've heard during the trial. In almost all Virginia jury trials, however, the jury goes home at the end of each day and is simply told by the judge not to discuss the case with anyone, nor to watch, read or listen to news reports about the case. It is essential that you follow these instructions.

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1. How was I chosen for Jury Service?
2. Do I have to respond to the summons to jury service?
3. What if I can’t perform jury service right now?
4. What about my Job?
5. Will I be reimbursed for serving on a jury?
6. How long will I be in jury service?
7. What if an unexpected emergency keeps me from coming to the courthouse while I’m on a jury?
8. How will I know what to expect and what to do during my jury service?
9. I have heard that sometimes jurors are not allowed to go home until after the trial is over. Will this happen to me?
10. Is there anything I can do to make my jury service more comfortable, convenient and enjoyable?