It’s once again the time of year when Arlington’s circuit court starts to select its jury pool for the next year.
Juror questionnaires are being sent soon to tens of thousands of Arlington and Falls Church residents, for jury duty in 2023. Would-be jurors are randomly selected from the voter rolls and will receive questionnaires in the mail.
Most jury trials in the circuit court last 1-2 days, an Arlington County press release says.
The full press release is below.
The Arlington Circuit Court, which includes the City of Falls Church, will soon begin its annual juror 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 rolls provided by the State Board of Elections.
- If you do not receive a form in the US Mail, there is nothing you need to do.
- Jury Commissioners appointed by the Court review the questionnaires to determine eligibility for service according to criteria established by the General Assembly.
For more information about jury duty, including a list of individuals who are exempt from serving, please visit the Jury Duty page on the County website.
Not everyone will receive a Juror Questionnaire via Postcard in the US Mail. If you DO receive the form, please follow the steps below:
- Read and carefully follow the instructions on the postcard.
- Using your Candidate/Juror ID# printed on the postcard, visit the secure Juror Website at https://ejuror.arlingtonva.us/ to complete and submit the form online.
- If you cannot logon to the Website, please try again later or try another browser.
- If you do not have a computer, to have a paper copy of the form mailed to you, call 703-228-3123 and provide: 1) Candidate/Juror ID#, Pool #, and Group #; 2) first and last name; 3) street address with zip code; and 4) contact phone# or email for follow-up if needed. The Court prefers online submission to save time and resources.
- Some questions on the form require 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 moved out of Arlington County or the City of Falls Church, there are questions on the form that 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. There will be nothing further you need to do. If you are qualified by the court to serve, you could receive a summons in the mail next year with detailed reporting instructions.
- The questionnaire is not a summons to appear so please do not call the Clerk’s Office asking to be excused from jury duty. Excuses will be considered if you receive a summons in the mail.
- Failure to respond to the questionnaire or providing incomplete information may result in your being summoned to Court to complete the form in person.
Quick Facts About Jury Service
- Normal term of service is one day or one trial.
- The average length of a trial is 1 or 2 days, but trials can last longer.
- Jurors must be available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during their period of service (subject to change by the Court).
- Jurors receive $30 each day they report for reimbursement of expenses.
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The Arlington Circuit Court will soon send out its annual juror questionnaires, which determine who will get jury duty next year.
In early August, the court will be sending postcards to a random group of residents of Arlington County and Falls Church. These postcards instruct residents how to fill out their juror questionnaires online.
Recipients will be chosen from voter rolls provided by the State Board of Elections, according to a county press release. Court-appointed jury commissioners will review the completed questionnaires to decide who is eligible for service, using standards set by the Virginia General Assembly.
“The questionnaire is not a summons to appear so please do not call the Clerk’s Office asking to be excused from jury duty,” the press release said. “Excuses will be considered at the time you are actually summoned to serve as a juror.”
Residents have ten days to complete the questionnaire.
“Failure to respond to the questionnaire or providing incomplete information may result in your being summoned to Court to complete the form in person,” the press release said.
If selected, jurors will typically serve one to two days or one trial for a time period between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Jurors selected may be summoned any time between Jan. 1, 2022 and Dec. 31, 2022. Each juror will receive $30 each day they report for reimbursement of expenses.
After a months-long hiatus due to the pandemic, Arlington County is preparing to resume jury trials.
“The Arlington Circuit Court is planning to resume jury trials in September 2020,” the court says on its website. “If you received a juror summons for a reporting date after September 1, 2020, please carefully read the front and back of the summons and follow all instructions. Visit the Juror Website or call the Juror Hotline 703-228-0533 to confirm receipt of the summons and to make requests to be deferred or excused.”
The court website says a number of safety measures will be in place, including mandatory mask-wearing for everyone in the courthouse, temperature checks, staggered juror arrival times, social distancing, and readily-available hand sanitizer and wipes.
“Every person who has a case in the Circuit Court is afforded the opportunity of a jury trial pursuant to our Constitution,” the court in a FAQ document. “In resuming jury trials which were delayed due to COVID-19, the Arlington Circuit Court fully understands the need to protect the health and safety of jurors, trial participants, county employees, and the public.”
Those with valid health concerns, COVID-19 risk factors, and known exposures to the virus can request to be excused from jury duty.
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Another scammer who claims to be serving an arrest warrant for a supposed jury duty mix-up is targeting Arlington residents.
A reader said a man claiming to be a Sgt. Jimmy Jackson with the Arlington County Police Department called her saying there was a warrant out for her arrest due to the mix-up. Police reported a similar scam earlier this year.
Unlike previous scams, the reader said the caller did not ask for money right away, but instead stated that they had to schedule an in-person affidavit. He said the money paid for reserving a time block would be refunded at a future court appearance.
Although the scammer name drops Arlington General District Court clerk Steven Robert Spurr and Chief Judge William T. Newman from Arlington Circuit Court, police said the badge number he cites — No. 3319 — is fake. County courts also always send any information for jury duty by mail or email.
Department spokeswoman Ashley Savage said no badge number begins with the digits 33, and that police will never ask for money over the phone. Savage also encouraged any victims of fraud to report it at the county’s online reporting system.
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