Summons and Report Instructions

The Answer Book for Jury Service is available at: http://www.courts.state.va.us/jury/cover.htm
 
What is a Summons for Jury Duty?
The Summons is the official court document that requires you to serve as a juror. If you fail to comply with the Summons, you may be held in contempt of court and fined $200.
 
What are Assigned Dates of Service?
Jurors summoned to serve jury duty in the Virginia Beach Circuit Court are assigned to one day a week for an entire month. Your "Assigned Dates of Services" are printed in the upper, right-hand corner of the first page of your Summons.
 
Where is my "Juror" number?
Your Juror number is listed on your summons to the left of your Assigned Dates of Service at the top of your summons.
 
How do I determine if I am required to appear?
The Summons for Jury Duty officially places you "on-call" for jury service. The Court "calls-in" only the number of jurors needed, based on the number of jury trials scheduled. The Court uses two "call-in" systems to notify you that you are required to report. The Notice to Appear is the official notice to "report to court" and shall have the effect of a court order.
The Jury Administrator prepares a Notice to Appear the business day before each of the "Assigned Dates of Service" listed on your Summons. You must check after 5:00 p.m., the business day before each of your "Assigned Dates of Service." Monday jurors may check after 5:00 p.m. on Fridays but it is recommended you call back on Sunday evening as cases can come off at the last minute.
 
You must call in each week on the business day before each of your "Assigned Dates of Service" listed on your Summons until the entire month of service is complete. You will hear a message on the recording telling you that your service is complete.
For confidentially reasons only your juror number will be listed on the recording and web site.
Call the Jury Recorded Message at 757-385-4499 or
Check this Web Site - Check the "Jury Notice to Appear" published on this web site. Your are required to report if your Juror Number is listed on the Jury Notice to Appear. Your Juror number is listed on your summons next to your Assigned dates of Service.
What do I do if my juror number is listed?
 
  • Bring your Summons with you to the Jury Assembly Room.
  • Place the Parking Permit in your vehicle's windshield.
  • We recommend you add 10 to 15 minutes to your travel time to allow for delays in parking and passing through the Judicial Center Security. Arrive no later than 8:45 am. Reserved parking is only provided until 9:00am.
What do I do if my juror number is not listed?
If your juror number is not listed, you do not need to report on that particular day. Be sure that you check again on the evening before your next assigned date of service. Failure to Appear can result in a show cause being issued.
 
IMPORTANT:  We make every effort to post the Notice on the recording and the web by 5:00 pm the evening before.  Some circumstances are beyond our control. If you find that the information is not for the correct date or inaccurate, call the Jury Assembly room at 385-4589 for verification.
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