Serving on a jury is an important civic
responsibility that is coordinated by the Hanover County Circuit Court Clerk’s
Office. You can find general information
about jury service in the Virginia Judicial System’s brochure titled “The Answer Book for Jury Service.”
Jury summonses are delivered by US mail. The summons will indicate the dates you have
been asked to serve and will provide instructions on what to do. 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.
Jurors do not report to the courthouse every day of their
service period. To determine when you need to report, you will rely on the
juror information number that is provided in the summons. The summons will
detail the dates and times that you should call.
The juror information number is (804) 365-6352.
When you dial the information number, listen to the entire
message. It will state whether you need to report to the courthouse and at what
law mandates that jurors receive $30 each time they report to court, whether or
not they are selected to serve. This stipend helps cover jurors’ expenses. Payment takes two to four weeks.
If you call the juror information number and are told to
report to court, pay attention to the time you are told to arrive. You will
Hanover County Courthouse
7530 County Complex Road
Hanover, VA 23069
at the courthouse with time to spare as proceedings will start on time. Call
the juror information number just before you start for the courthouse to find
out if the trial has been canceled at the last-minute.
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 comfortable clothing.
you arrive at the courthouse, there may be 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. The judge will tell you 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 need to be excused from jury service for a part or
the entire term or believe you are exempted by law from serving, mail a written
request to be excused to:
Hanover Circuit Court
Attention: Jury Service Excusal
P.O. Box 505
Hanover, VA 23069
Send your request before your jury service begins. Excusal from Jury Service PDF479 discusses
Using the juror information number (804) 365-6352 is the
best way to get up-to-date information about your service requirements.
Call a judicial assistant at (804) 365-6454 if you have
questions about being excused from jury service.
general questions, call the jury coordinator at (804) 365-6493.
Jury Excusal Information