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.
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.
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
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
7530 County Complex Road
Hanover, VA 23069 Map It
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
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.
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.
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.
Jury Excusal Information