2023 Jury Qualification Process Begins August – Official Arlington County Virginia Government Site
Posted on August 16, 2022
Arlington Circuit Court, which includes the City of Falls Church, will soon begin its annual jury qualification process. Juror questionnaires will be mailed in August to approximately 35,000 randomly selected residents of Arlington County and Falls Church City. These questionnaires are used to qualify residents for jury duty which begins January 1, 2023 and ends December 31, 2023.
- In accordance with state law, questionnaires are distributed annually to a random selection of residents of Arlington County and the City of Falls Church.
- Recipients are selected from registered voter lists provided by the National Elections Council.
- If you don’t receive a form in the US mail, you don’t have to do anything.
- Court-appointed jury commissioners review the questionnaires to determine eligibility for service based on criteria established by the General Assembly.
For more information on jury duty, including a list of persons exempt from servingplease visit the Jury Duty page on the County website.
Not everyone will receive a postcard juror questionnaire in the US mail. If you DO receive the form, please follow the steps below:
- Read and follow the instructions on the postcard carefully.
- Using your candidate/juror ID number printed on the postcard, visit the secure juror website at https://ejuror.arlingtonva.us/ to complete and submit the online form.
- If you are unable to connect to the website, please try again later or try another browser.
- If you do not have a computer, to receive a hard copy of the form, call 703-228-3123 and provide: 1) the candidate/juror ID number, class number, and group number; 2) surname and first name; 3) mailing address with postal code; and 4) contact phone number or email for follow up if needed. The Court prefers online submission to save time and resources.
- Some questions on the form require the submission of documents as proof of hardship (i.e. doctor’s notes, travel documents, military orders) and/or detailed explanations in the Remarks section. All information is kept confidential and destroyed after use.
- If you no longer live in Virginia or have left Arlington County or the City of Falls Church, certain questions on the form will disqualify you.
- You are required to complete and return the questionnaire within 10 days of receipt. Completing the form online saves resources.
- Once submitted, your completed questionnaire will be processed by the Court. You will have nothing more to do. If you are qualified by the court to serve, you may receive a summons in the mail next year with detailed reporting instructions.
- The questionnaire is not a subpoena, so please do not call the clerk’s office to ask to be excused from jury duty. Apologies will be considered if you receive a summons by post.
- If you do not complete the questionnaire or provide incomplete information, you may be summoned to court to complete the form in person.
Quick Facts About Jury Service
- The normal length of service is one day or one trial.
- The average duration of a trial is 1 or 2 days, but trials can last longer.
- Jurors must be available between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. during their duty period (subject to change by the Court).
- Jurors receive $30 each day they attend for reimbursement of expenses.