Who can be called for jury duty?

To be called for jury duty, you must be 18 years old, have lived in Virginia for at least one year, and have lived in the city or county where you are being summoned to serve as juror for at least six months immediately preceding your summons. If you have been convicted of a felony as an adult or have …

How are people called to serve on a jury?

Jurors are selected randomly from lists designated by the court, such as the voter registration list and the DMV list. Each individual selected for jury duty will receive a summons from the sheriff that will identify the date, location, and time to report for jury service. Keep in mind that receiving a jury summons does not automatically mean that you …

Can I be excused from jury duty?

Upon request by a potential juror, the following shall be exempt: mariners employed in maritime service; custodians of minors who require continuous care; persons responsible for care of physically and mentally impaired person during court hours; persons over 70 years of age; breast feeding mothers; those whose spouses are on the same jury panel; and persons whose services are essential to …

If I am attending college in a different town or state than my home address and get called for jury duty, do I have to travel home every week for the month I’m called?

There is no statutory exemption for college students from jury duty, even if you are living away from your home address. Students may ask to be excused from jury duty under these circumstances and offer to be available when they are home during school breaks. But there is no guarantee that the court will grant the request. Many courts have …

How long can I be required to serve on a jury?

As long as it takes. Some trials last only a few hours, others a day or two, and some trials can last even longer. Before a lengthy trial, it is likely that the judge will ask you whether you have any problems that could prevent you from serving on such a jury. It will then be up to the judge …

Will I get paid for being on a jury?

Yes, but not much. In Virginia, jurors are paid $30 per day of service. Any expenses a juror may have, such as meals and transportation, must come out of this $30.

What happens if I have to miss work for jury duty?

You are obligated to report for jury duty and your employer cannot fire you or make you use sick days or vacation days for the time you miss. Whether you will continue to be paid your salary for the time you miss in order to serve on a jury depends on your employer.