Jury service in New Hanover operates on the one-day/one-trial plan. A new group of jurors are summoned each day of the week and, if selected to serve on a jury, a juror will serve for that day or for the duration of that trial. However, if a person is not selected for a trial, then their jury responsibilities will be over after that one-day. If chosen for a jury trial that is completed before the end of the day, those jurors will return to the jury assembly area and may then be selected for service on another case. If not selected again, those jurors will be allowed to go home at the end of the day, having completed their jury service. Those jurors selected for a trial that takes several days will need to be present each day while the trial is in progress.
The average length of service, if selected to serve as a juror in a trial, is two days.