If you received a summons from the United States District Court for the District of the Virgin Islands and would like additional information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions about Jury Duty. The jury duty information provided within this site only pertains to serving jury duty within the United States District Court for the District of the Virgin Islands, in compliance with the Jury Plan.
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Is jury duty mandatory?
What are the statutory qualifications to be a juror?
- are a citizen of the United States
- are 18 years of age or older
- have primary residence in the Virgin Islands
- are able to read, write, speak and understand the English language
- have no felony charges pending against you
- have been convicted of a felony charge and your civil rights have been restored
- have no physical or mental disability that would interfere with or prevent your service as a juror
What is the difference between a grand juror and a petit juror?
What if I already received a Juror Qualification Questionnaire?
How often must I serve jury duty?
How long will I serve?
When must I call to confirm my scheduled attendance for jury duty?
How is my job protected during the duration of my service as juror?
What are the grounds for requesting an exemption or excuse from service as a juror?
- a member in active service of the Armed Forces of the United States
- a member of the fire or police departments of the Virgin Islands, or any federal or local law enforcement agency
- a public official in the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of the governments of the United States or of the Virgin Islands, or its political subdivisions, who is actively engaged in the performance of official duties on a full-time basis
- persons over 70 years of age.
- persons who have served as jurors in the Federal Court during the last two years
- persons with custody and care of a child under ten (10) years of age whose health and/or safety would be jeopardized by such persons' absence because of jury service, or persons who are essential to the care of an elderly or debilitated person
- full-time school teachers in public, parochial or private schools actively teaching
- volunteer safety personnel (firefighters, rescue squad or ambulance crew) for a public agency
What if I have not been disqualified exempted or excused and yet fail to report for jury duty after notified to do so?
What if I have an emergency and cannot report for jury service?
Will I be paid for my jury service?
- $40.00 per day attendance fee
- Standard mileage rate per mile (estimated round trip mileage from your residence)
- Parking fees (if any)
- Travel reimbursement (applies only to the St. John/Water Island District)
Is there a dress code?
Can I bring my cellular telephone, blackberry, tape recorder, camera, beeper or computer?
How can I get proof of my jury service?
Should I be concerned about providing personal and other sensitive or identifying information to the Jury Administration Office?
For more information please read the Jury Brochure (PDF).
To reach the Automated Jury Information System, please call (340) 774-5916
More Documents (PDF)
- Petit Jury Handbook
- Jury Selection Plan
- Grand Jury Handbook
- Jury Questionnaire - St. Thomas
- Jury Questionnaire - St. Croix
The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts is warning the public about calls from people claiming to be from the federal courts. These callers say a juror summons was ignored, threaten legal action, and request personal information from the citizen. The calls may lead to fraud.
For More information please see the press release.