On an annual basis, in accordance with Virginia law, names of prospective jurors for the upcoming calendar year are randomly selected from lists provided by the State Board of Elections and the Department of Motor Vehicles. Prospective jurors are required to complete a confidential questionnaire and return it to the Clerk’s Office, 29 Ashby Street, Warrenton, VA. 20186
If you have received a questionnaire, you are not required to appear for jury service at this time. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE COURT WITH REQUESTS TO BE EXCUSED FORM JURY SERVICE.
Frequently asked questions about the Jury Questionnaire:
What is a Jury Questionnaire and why did I receive one?
It is not a Summons for Jury Duty. You are not required to appear for Jury Duty at this time. The Jury Questionnaire is one of the first steps in the juror selection process. The Court appoints Jury Commissioners to review the questionnaire responses and to determine whether a citizen is qualified or exempt, based on the criteria set out in the Virginia Code.
Do I have to respond to the Questionnaire?
You are required by law to return the completed Jury Questionnaire to the Court.
Is the information supplied on the questionnaire really confidential?
The Court emphasizes that the information compiled from jury questionnaire responses is CONFIDENTIAL. It is used strictly for jury selection.
I received a Jury Questionnaire. Does this mean I have to report for jury duty?
No, not at this time. The Jury Questionnaire begins the screening process for prospective jurors. After the Jury Commissioners review your questionnaire response, you may be selected for jury duty during the upcoming calendar year. DO NOT call the Court and asked to be excused from jury service at this time. You are only required to report to Court if you receive a Summons For Jury Duty.
I received a questionnaire last year and responded that I was either not qualified or I asked to be exempt from service. Why did I receive another questionnaire?
Prior years' questionnaire records are deleted to ensure impartiality and random selection.
I received two questionnaires. What should I do?
Fill out the questionnaire that has the name you prefer. Write "DUPLICATE" at the top. Return both questionnaires to the Court.
The questionnaire was sent to a family member who is deceased. What should I do?
Mark "deceased" on the questionnaire and return it to the Court. We try to avoid this situation. Please accept our apology.
I am unable to complete the questionnaire because of ill health or other physical or mental limitation. What should I do?
The questionnaire may be completed by an individual you authorize to act on your behalf.
The questionnaire is addressed to a student who is away at college. What should I do?
Forward the questionnaire to the student at college to complete and mail the questionnaire to the Court. Or you may fill out the questionnaire for the student, sign your name, indicate you are the parent or guardian, and return the questionnaire to the Court. If selected for jury service, the Court will mail a Summons For Jury Duty approximately 30 days prior to the month of service. If summoned for a month when the student is at college, the student can send a written request at that time, and request that jury service be deferred. The student would have to permanently move and declare residency in a state other than Virginia to be exempt from jury service in Virginia.
The party whose name is on the questionnaire doesn't live at this address. What should I do?
If you know the party's forwarding address, mark through the address shown on the questionnaire, write the new address, and place the questionnaire in the U.S. mail. If you do not know the party's forwarding address, mark through the address printed on the questionnaire, write "Addressee does not live at this address - Forwarding address unknown," and place the questionnaire in the U.S. mail.
My questionnaire has been lost or damaged. How do I request a replacement?
Contact the Circuit Court at 540 422-8111 and another questionnaire will be mailed to you.
I am in the military, on active duty. Do I have to serve jury duty?
The first step is to determine whether you are qualified to serve. If you have been a resident of Virginia for 12 months and a resident of Fauquier for 6 months and you meet all other eligibility requirements, you may be selected by the jury commissioners to serve jury duty. Please note that United States Army, Air Force, or Navy personnel or their spouses are not considered residents of Virginia by reason of being stationed here. You must have declared Virginia as your state of residency in the "SC" block on your military Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) for at least one year to be eligible to serve jury duty.
DO NOT call the Circuit Court and asked to be excused from jury service at this time. If you are selected for jury service, the Court will mail you a Summons For Jury Duty approximately 30 days prior to your month of service. At that time, you would contact the Circuit Court if you are deployed out of the area or you, otherwise, are not available to serve. The Court will defer your service to a month when you will be available.
If you asking to be excused from jury service, submit to the Circuit Court a letter from your commanding officer that states the basis for the request : that such service would unreasonably interfere with the performance of the member's military duties; or would adversely affect the readiness of the unit, command, or activity to which the member is assigned.
I have already served jury duty. Can I be called to serve again?
Yes, unless you "reported" for jury service in a "state court" within the last three years or you do not meet one of the other qualifications. "Reported" means you appeared in the jury room on an assigned date as instructed by the Court. If you received a summons and were never selected to come in, then you did not "report".
If you do not know the year you previously served in the Fauquier Circuit Court, place a "?" in the blank for the year . The jury staff will check your prior service.
Is DUI (driving under the influence) considered a felony?
A first conviction for DUI is not considered a felony nor are other traffic-related offenses. If you answer "Yes" include a description of the felony conviction.
How do I know if my civil rights have been restored?
It depends upon the law of the state in which you were convicted. If you were convicted under Virginia law, rights would have to be restored by the Governor or by an Order of a Circuit Court.
If you have received a jury summons, you must immediately confirm receipt of this jury summons by calling 540-422-8610 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must report for jury duty on the date called by 9:00 a.m., unless otherwise instructed. You are directed to report to the courtroom entrance of the courthouse at 40 Culpeper Street.
You may check the status of your jury duty by calling 540 422-8111 for a recorded message after 6:00 p.m. on the date prior to your scheduled jury service. When you appear for jury service, you will be provided with the next court date for your return.
If you have any scheduling issues for the designated period of your jury service, you may provide a written list of any prescheduled appointments, meetings or vacations to the Circuit Court.
Only the Judge of the Circuit Court can excuse jurors and such excuses are granted only under exceptional circumstances.
Parking: There are reserved parking spaces for jurors in Municipal Parking Lot H, located between the Detention Center (50 Lee Street) and the Sheriff’s Office (78 W. Lee Street).
Duty to Serve: Jury service is a civic obligation. The Court must ensure that a sufficient number of jurors are available to administer justice in criminal cases and decide disputes in civil cases. When jurors do not appear as scheduled, the Court may not be able to proceed with the scheduled trial, and the Commonwealth of Virginia may have to pay an estimated amount of $1,000.00 in appearance costs for a trial that could not go forward and will need to pay the costs for the next scheduled date, as well. Needless to say, these costs will be paid by every taxpayer.
Pursuant to Section 8.01-356 of the Code of Virginia, the Court shall fine a juror who fails to appear as noticed. There is a minimum fine of $50.00 for each failure to appear to a maximum of $200.00. In the event that a juror does not appear as scheduled, the Court may summons the juror to appear before the Court to show cause for the failure to serve.
Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives) are prohibited from the courtroom.
Because of the formal nature of jury trials, prospective jurors are requested to dress appropriately. Men are requested to wear collared shirts and slacks. Women are requested to wear dresses, skirts, or slacks.
Excerpted from Local Rule 1:6:
(a) Silence is requested while the Court is in session. The reading of newspapers and sleeping are forbidden and the Court may not be entered on the lower level except as permitted by the Court.
(b) Dress Code – Proper attire is required of all persons appearing in Court. Attorneys are expected to dress in traditional attire. For witnesses and parties, shorts, tank tops, halter tops and sleeveless T-shirts are prohibited. Shirts are to be tucked in and midriffs and stomachs are to be covered at all times. Clothes are to be reasonably clean and not torn or ripped. T-shirts are not to contain inappropriate language or images. Cell phones are to be turned off or on vibrator mode. Headwear is permitted only for cases of recognized cultural or religious reasons.