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When a jury hears an injury or malpractice case and goes to deliberate do they have to stay overnight?


A: No. Only in some criminal cases does the jury get to stay overnight to deliberate. The reason is that the Courts do not want anyone to influence their decision, which could have a dramatic effect upon whether the defendant goes free or not. In an injury or malpractice case (a civil case) if a jury has not finished deciding the case by the end of the business day, the Judge will allow them to return home, and then have them come back to Court the next day to continue deliberating until they reach a verdict.