The Ins and Outs of Jury Duty in Virginia
Before the selection process, you need to know the eligibility criteria for Virginia jury duty. Check out the table below for information on eligible and non-eligible persons:
|Eligible Person Must Be:||Non-Eligible Person Could Be:|
Jury candidates are randomly selected by computer software. If you are selected, the court will send you a jury summons, requesting you to appear in court at a scheduled date and time. The clerk will ask you to fill out a questionnaire to determine whether you qualify for jury service. If you do, lawyers from both sides will interview you to confirm that you have no conflict of interest.
Jury members throughout the country are compensated for appearing in court to fulfill their duty. While the court pays $30 per day to state jurors in Virginia, federal jurors are paid $50 for each day of service.
You cannot skip jury duty without a solid reason—doing so is a punishable offense. If you fail to appear in court without providing notice, you can be fined anywhere between $50 and $200.
Employers in Virginia are not obligated to compensate you for the days you take off to attend jury duty. They are obligated to offer time off for fulfilling your civic duty. Employers are not allowed to do any of the following:
- Discourage or intimidate you
- Cut off your insurance
- Force you to take paid time off
- Threaten to fire you
If an employee does any of the above-mentioned, they are guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor and can get a fine of up to $300.
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