Sign up for our free newsletter
Free D.C. news, delivered to your inbox daily.
When a scheduling conflict kept D.C. resident Richard Fletcher from jury duty in January, he requested a Friday for his makeup date. He’d heard that prospective jurors were less likely to be seated at the end of the week: Under D.C’s “one trial or one day” policy, reporting on Friday would favor the latter, shorter result. But on April 18, Fletcher found an empty jury room. The never-on-a-Friday theory had been institutionalized: Last month, D.C. Superior Court began seating juries only four days a week. “Fridays were just so light, and judges are generally more likely to start a trial on any other day,” says court spokesperson Leah Gurowitz, who adds that Fletcher is one of a small handful of prospective jurors who’ve missed the notices warning them of the change. Before March, Gurowitz says, aiming for Friday “would have been a good strategy.” Josh Levin