Radford City Circuit Court terms begin on the second Friday of March, June, September, and December
Your privilege and duty
The United States Constitution and the Virginia Constitution guarantee all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to trial by impartial jury.
Justice ultimately depends to a large measure upon the quality of jurors who serve in our courts.
Jurors are essential to the Administration of Justice.
Jury trials cannot be held unless people such as you are willing to perform their civic duty.
Each year, prospective jurors are selected randomly from the master jury list of Radford City, which is created by merging name lists provided by the Division of Motor Vehicles and the Radford City Voter Registration Department.
Randomly selected prospective jurors receive a jury summons in the mail prior to their jury service.
If you receive a summons, read carefully the front and back of the summons, even if you think you are not eligible to serve as a juror or would like to be postponed or excused.
If -- after reading all of the information and instructions on the summons -- you still have questions, call us at 540-731-3610.
Jury Questionnaire Information
Please complete your jury questionnaire and return the jury questionnaire to the address provided.
Term of Service:
Each of the four (4) terms (March, June, September and December) of the Circuit Court of the City of Radford last approximately three (3) months.
Types of cases:
The cases coming before the Court are generally divided into two (2) classes, Civil and Criminal. An explanation of each of the classifications and the number of jurors needed is set forth in the Handbook for Jurors.
As Court opens at 9:00 a.m., jurors are requested to be present at 8:30 a.m., in the lobby of the Circuit Court of the City of Radford, Virginia, at 619 Second Street, Radford, Virginia. Please bring a picture ID when you report for jury duty. During the course of a trial, recesses are taken at periodic intervals. Should a juror have need of a recess at other times, he or she needs only to make this known to the Clerk or the Judge. Luncheon recesses usually last no longer than sixty (60) minutes, and the Court normally finishes its business as near as possible to 5:00 p.m. However, in some instances jurors may be requested to stay longer if it means completion of the case on that day, rather than have jurors return on the second day for the same case.
For each day’s attendance at Court, jurors will be paid $30.00 (per day). Compensation for jury service will be forwarded to the jurors after each jury trial in which the juror was summoned.
Duty to serve and excuses from serving:
In addition to their legal duty to serve, there is a civil and patriotic duty of citizens to assist in the workload of the Court in resolving the issues in civil and criminal cases, and it is the duty of the presiding Judge to see that the cases of the people using the Court are disposed of properly and expeditiously. Accordingly, it is rare that any person is excused for the entire term, and then usually only for medical reasons.
However, the Court endeavors to accommodate jurors to the extent possible by making adjustments based on certain engagements of an important nature, and in cases of hardship. The following examples may be of assistance to jurors:
Jurors are excused during their vacation periods. ANY SCHEDULED VACATIONS MUST BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE AT (540) 731-3611.
Jurors may be excused for important family events, e.g., graduations, marriages, funerals.
Jurors may be excused for important business meetings, and in particular those scheduled out of town.
Jurors are excused who have been called and attended any State Court for jury duty during the period of two (2) years next preceding the date of completion of the current jury.
ANY JUROR HAVING A POSSIBLE EXCUSE SHOULD REQUEST THIS EXCUSE BY TELEPHONING DIRECTLY TO THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE AT (540) 731-3611 FOR CONSIDERATION.
We look forward to working with you in the orderly administration of justice.