Jury Duty

 Serving on a jury is an important civic responsibility. The Hanover County Circuit Court regularly summons Hanover County residents to serve as jurors, and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office staff is dedicated to making the experience a comfortable and rewarding one.

Receiving a Summons

If you receive a jury summons, it will generally arrive via postal mail.  The summons will indicate the dates you have been asked to serve and will provide instructions on what to do as the date of your service approaches. Receiving a summons does not necessarily mean that you will serve on a jury but you will be in a pool of candidates who could potentially serve as jurors in a trial.

The Virginia Judicial System publishes a brochure on jury service titled “The Answer Book for Jury Service” which may be of interest to you as you prepare for your service. 

Determining Whether You Need to Report to Court

Generally, jurors do not report to court every day of their service period. To determine whether you need to report to court each day, you will rely on the juror call-in number that is provided in the summons. The summons will detail the dates and times that you should call.

The juror call-in number is (804) 365-6352. 

When you dial the call-in number, please listen to the entire message. The message will indicate whether you need to report to court and at what time. 

In accordance with Virginia law, jurors receive $30 for each day they report to court, whether or not they are selected to serve. This stipend helps underwrite any expenses you may incur as a result of your service.

Reporting for Service

If you dial the call-in number and are told to report to court, the message will include information about your schedule for the day. You will report to:

Hanover County Circuit Courthouse
7507 Library Dr.
Hanover, VA 23069 Map It (link to courthouse)

You should plan to arrive at the courthouse with time to spare as proceedings will start on time. It’s a good idea to call the juror call-in number again, just before you leave your home, as there are sometimes last-minute cancellations. 

Preparing for Court

When dressing for court, we recommend you wear conservative clothes comparable to what you’d wear in a business environment. It’s possible that you’ll spend a long day in court, so it’s also important to wear clothing that is comfortable.

When you serve as a juror, you’ll find that there’s a decent amount of downtime. It’s a good idea to bring some quiet activities, such as a book or crossword puzzle, that you can do while you wait.

If you are selected to serve on a jury, the judge will give you some indication of how long he or she thinks the trial will last so that you can make work and childcare arrangements or raise concerns about your ability to serve.

Relief From Jury Service

If you have a conflict that requires you to be excused from jury service for either a particular day or the entire period of service or believe you are exempt from serving, you may send your request to:

Hanover Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
Attention: Jury Coordinator
P.O. Box 39
Hanover, VA 23069

Please plan well in advance as the jury coordinator cannot grant rescheduling requests within 48 hours of a trial, except in cases of emergency.  Excusal from Jury Service discusses some of the common exemptions from jury service.

Questions?

If you have any questions about your jury service, please call the jury coordinator at (804) 365-6493. Remember, using the juror call-in number is the best way to get up-to-date information about your service requirements. The number is (804) 365-6352.


Forms and Documents

Jury Excusal Information