Information for Roanoke Jurors
Jury Service is an essential civic duty. If you have been summoned for jury service for the next term of court, that term in the City of Roanoke lasts for approximately one month--usually beginning on the first Monday of a month and continuing until the first Monday of the next month. This does not mean that every potential juror will have to physically report to the courthouse for a month. Many citizens have received a summons for this term, and the responsibility of jury service is shared fairly. Most jurors in our city find that jury service is an exciting experience in participatory democracy that does not impose an unfair burden on them, their families, or their occupations.
Although your jury summons is for the first day of the term of court, please do not come to court as a juror unless you have called the jury information hotline, 540-853-2849, and heard an announcement telling you to come, or a deputy sheriff has reached you by telephone and told you that you must report. You will not be expected in court at the date and time of your summons unless the message or a deputy sheriff tells you to come. You will receive an orientation on the morning that you first appear as a juror.
Free parking is available for jurors in the Campbell Garage at 335 Campbell Avenue, SW, Roanoke, VA 24016, which is located across the street from the Sheriff's Office. Please bring your parking garage ticket to court to be validated by a deputy sheriff.
State law sets your compensation at the rate of $30 for each day that you attend court. The Roanoke City Treasurer will send you your compensation after your term as a juror has ended.
The judges, court personnel, the Sheriff’s Office, and those whose cases you will hear look forward to your fulfillment of this vital civic duty. If you have any questions or concerns, you may call a deputy sheriff at the same number between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Once again, before you come to the courthouse for jury service, be sure to call the jury information hotline at 540-853-2849. A recorded announcement will tell you whether to report for jury duty on the following day. It is your responsibility to call this number after 5 p.m. each day of your jury service (or after 5 p.m. on Fridays for information about Monday's trials), unless you have been directed otherwise by a judge or the recorded message.