A Look at West Virginia Jury Duty

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A Guide to West Virginia Jury Duty

Trial by jury is an important part of the American justice system. You are entitled to a fair trial, and in return, you must serve as a juror from time to time.

Have you been called for West Virginia jury duty? Find out what it means to be a juror in this article. If you need assistance requesting time off from your job, you can use DoNotPay—we can help you draft a letter to secure your work leave.

West Virginia Jury Duty 101

Whether you’re a first-time juror or it’s been a few years since your last summons, you probably have a few questions:

  1. How was I chosen for jury duty?
  2. Is there a jury duty dress code?
  3. How does juror selection work?
  4. Does jury duty pay?

Jury Duty Summons

Jury duty works by assembling a team of impartial citizens to consider evidence against a person accused of a crime. The court summons prospective jurors in a random draw of West Virginia residents that meet the following criteria:

  • Is a United States citizen
  • Is older than 18
  • Can understand the English language (written and spoken)
  • Is capable of rendering satisfactory jury service
  • Retains the right to vote
  • Is a resident of the county in which the case will be tried
  • Is not convicted of an infamous offense (perjury, false swearing)

West Virginia jury duty lasts an average of one to three days. After serving on a jury, you will not be called again for at least two years.

Jury Duty Dress Code

Jurors must follow a business or business casual dress code. Do not wear the following to court:

  • Tank tops
  • Shorts
  • Short dresses or skirts
  • Open-toed sandals

Jury Duty Selection

The first day of jury duty can be long because of jury selection. This is a process in which the defense and prosecution examine the prospective jurors with a series of questions. Jurors that have a potential bias against the court or either side of the trial are excused.

Jury Duty Compensation

West Virginia offers daily pay for jurors. The amount you receive depends on the level of court in which you serve:

Court Pay Per Day Travel Reimbursement Incidental Expense Reimbursement
County $15 $0.47 per mile $0
Federal $50 $0 $40

West Virginia county juror compensation ranks low when compared to other states.

West Virginia Jury Duty Exemptions and Excusals

The following commonly cited vocations and conditions do not exempt you from West Virginia jury duty:

  • Military
  • Medical worker
  • Teacher
  • Student
  • Elected official
  • Breastfeeding mother
  • Police
  • Firefighter

If you have a disability or are over seventy years of age, you may request excusal on your Juror Qualification Questionnaire. Those who skip jury duty without an exemption must pay a $1,000 fine.

Balancing West Virginia Jury Duty and Your Job

Begin preparing for jury duty by requesting your time off from work. It is illegal for your employer to fire you for jury duty-based absences. You can provide a copy of your summons for verification or contact the West Virginia Judiciary for additional proof if necessary.

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  3. Answer a few questions
  4. Upload a photo of your jury summons

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