If you are one of the 50,000 Fairfax County residents surprised to find a jury questionnaire in your mailbox recently, we can help make the process easier and answer some of your questions with these three things to know.
Just because you received a questionnaire does not mean you will be summoned for jury duty. Potential jurors are randomly selected from voter registration lists to represent a cross section of the community. The questionnaire is the beginning of a screening process to determine who is qualified to serve. You can mail the questionnaire back or fill it out online.
If you qualify for the jury pool, you will receive a summons for jury duty by mail approximately one month before your reporting date. Keep in mind that this is an official court summons and if you do not respond, you could be found in contempt of court. The evening before your assigned date you will need to call a recorded message or check the jury website to find out whether your group number (listed on the summons) is called for service. If your group number is not called, your jury duty service is complete.
If your group number is called and you report for jury duty service, you will be reimbursed $30 for each day you must report to the courthouse. Your employer can’t fire, demote or otherwise penalize you for missing work while performing jury duty. Many employers continue to pay salaries for those on jury duty, but you should check directly with your employer well in advance.
Potential jurors report by 8:15 a.m. to the jury assembly area on the 5th Floor, Room 503 of the Fairfax County Courthouse, 4110 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax (map). Parking and public transportation are available. Your parking stubs will be validated so there is no charge.
All who report will receive an orientation on the juror’s role and responsibilities and the trial process. Even though you have been called for jury duty, you may not be selected for a trial.
Find information on the jury process, trials and more on the jury home page.