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Last Updated: 2010-07-22

Q1: What is the juror questionnaire, why did I receive it and what do I do with it?

Once a month, approximately 2900 prospective jurors are selected at random from a current list of registered voters and the Department of Taxation to receive a jury questionnaire. The responses to the questionnaire are reviewed by a team of Jury Commissioners who have been appointed by the Court to determine which citizens are qualified to serve as jurors. Those citizens who qualify make up the master jury list for the next calendar year from which jurors are selected to serve jury duty. You are required to complete the questionnaire within the time period specified on the form. You may complete it by hand, sign it and return it in the postage-paid envelope provided. Please follow the instructions provided on the questionnaire. Several of the possible exemptions require that additional documentation be submitted with the questionnaire. Please be sure to provide the specific information requested.

Q2: Does receipt of this questionnaire mean I have to serve jury duty?

Receipt of a juror questionnaire requires you to serve jury duty, unless exemption apply. You are, however, required to complete the questionnaire within the time period specified on the form. You may complete it by hand, sign it and return it in the postage-paid envelope provided. Please follow the instructions provided on the questionnaire.

Q3: I no longer live in City of Richmond. The questionnaire was forwarded to my new address by the post office or a family member. What do I need to do?

You will need to complete and return the paper questionnaire. Please be sure to provide your non-City of Richmond address on the form lines 1-3 section. Also, please be sure to answer the questions dealing with being a resident of the City of Richmond and Virginia in the lines 12-14 section of the questionnaire. Individuals who are no longer residents of City of Richmond can have their name removed from the Voter Registration List by: Calling the City of Richmond General Registrar's Office at 804-646-5950 OR Mailing or faxing the following statement to the Registrar's Office:

Full Name
Date of Birth
Last 4 digits of Social Security #
I no longer reside in the City of Richmond, VA.
[Signature] Date:

This statement must be signed by the person who no longer lives in the city; it CANNOT be submitted/signed by a family member on their behalf.

Mailing Address for the Registrar:
City of Richmond General Registrar
900 E. Broad St., Room 105
Richmond, VA 23219
Fax Number: 804-646-7848

Q4: A juror questionnaire was delivered to my address but it is addressed to someone who does not live at my address. What should I do?

If the questionnaire has not been opened, please write on the face of the envelope "Return to Sender: Not at This Address" and put it back in the mail. If the questionnaire has been opened, please write next to the printed name and address "Addressee Not At This Address", put it in the prepaid return envelope provided, and put it in the mail.

Q5: A juror questionnaire has been received for a deceased family member. What do I do?

We are sorry for your loss. All you need to do is write 'Deceased' on the questionnaire next to the preprinted name and address and return the questionnaire in the postage-paid envelope provided.

Q6: The juror questionnaire is addressed to my son/daughter who is a student temporarily living outside of the City of Richmond. What do I need to do with the questionnaire?

All who receive a juror questionnaire must complete it within the time specified on the form. The questionnaire may be completed paper form, signed and returned in the postage-paid envelope provided. There is no statutory exemption from serving jury duty for students. When a student is selected to serve jury duty, the Jury Coordinator must work with the student to find a time when the student can be available to serve.

Q7: If I am currently making vacation plans or have already made vacation plans for next year, will I be required to cancel my vacation if I am selected to serve jury duty?

The Sheriff's Office cannot excuse anyone from completing the juror questionnaire. However, if you are selected to serve as a juror, inquiries are made regarding vacations and business travel already planned at that time and consideration will be given to that. You must still complete the juror questionnaire within the time specified on the form. The questionnaire paper form must be completed, signed and returned in the postage-paid envelope provided.

Q8: I have an illness or disability that I believe would prevent me from serving jury duty. There is no place on the juror questionnaire form to indicate this. How/where/when do I do communicate this to you?

You are correct that there is no exemption in the POSSIBLE EXEMPTIONS section on the juror questionnaire for personal illness or disability. You still need to complete the questionnaire within the time specified on the form. The questionnaire paper form must be completed, signed and returned in the postage-paid envelope provided with a doctor’s note attached excusing you from jury duty.

Q9: I know I received a juror questionnaire but I have misplaced the form. Where can I get another form?

Blank forms are available at the John Marshall Courts Building – Jury Office located at 400 N. 9th St., LL2, Richmond, VA 23219

Q10: The name printed on my juror questionnaire is incorrect or I have changed my name. What do I need to do?

Please provide the correct spelling of your name next to the pre-printed name and also in line 1 section of the questionnaire. If you have changed your name, please note this in both places along with your new name.

Q11: The juror questionnaire is addressed to a family member who is currently out of the area or out of the country for an extended period of time and will not be available to complete the questionnaire in the time specified. What should I do?

You may complete and sign it on their behalf, noting the reason why they are not able to complete it. If you do not wish to complete and sign the questionnaire on your family members' behalf, please note on the questionnaire why the person is not able or available to complete the questionnaire and return it in the postage-paid envelope provided.

Q12: Once I have completed and sent in the questionnaire, how and when will I be notified if I have been selected to serve jury duty?

Around the third week of the prior month qualified citizens will be selected for jury duty and will be sent a formal letter by the Sheriff of the City of Richmond advising them that they have been summoned to serve jury duty beginning the next month. Specific instructions will be included.

Q13: I have lost the postage-paid envelope that was sent with the juror questionnaire. Where do I need to send it?

The mailing address for the Jury Office – John Marshall Courts Building is 400 N. 9th St., LL2, Richmond, VA 23219. Please send the completed and signed questionnaire to the attention of the Jury Coordinator. If you wish to deliver the questionnaire to the Jury Coordinator at the Sheriff's Office, we are located in the John Marshall courts building at 400 N. 9th St., Richmond, VA 23219. You may leave the questionnaire with the security deputy at the main entrance.

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