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 been declared mentally incompetent and your competence has not been reinstated, you are not eligible to serve on a jury.

The Constitutions of the United States and of Virginia guarantee that all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, have the right to trial by impartial jury. An impartial jury should be a jury of the defendant’s peers – ie., a cross section of people who are representative of the local community. Juries decide the fates of criminal defendants and the outcomes of civil cases and are essential to the overall administration of justice. Therefore, is very important for everyone in the local community to respond and fully participate in jury duty if asked. 

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