Do not plan to be in your jury trial on Fridays

November 2007
By Judge John Wittmayer, Multnomah County Circuit Court

There continues to be some confusion in the bar about jury trials on Fridays in Multnomah County. Yes, we are open. But no, we generally do not conduct jury trials on Fridays. We use Fridays for other matters.

So if you have a case on call on a Wednesday, and you report it to be a five-day trial, you should plan on being in trial on Thursday for the first day, skipping Friday, and returning on Monday for the second day, etc. While some judges might occasionally be available on Fridays, it is the policy of the presiding judge that the default position is that jury trials will not continue on Fridays.