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What must I do when I receive a jury summons?
Immediately tell your employer about your jury service date. If you need to be excused or postponed please provide proper documentation to the court. You may also Register Online HERE.
What about child care?
Children are not allowed to come to jury duty with you, and there is no child care available at the courthouse
How was I chosen for jury duty?
Your name is put in random from Hamilton County licensed drivers and picked out of a “jury pool” in groups.
How often can I serve?
Once every two (2) years.
 • Who is eligible for jury duty?
To be eligible for jury service, you must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Hamilton County. If you have ever been convicted of a felony, you must have had your civil rights restored.
Who can be excused from serving?
Those eligible may be excused with satisfactory documentation.
What about my job?
TCA 22-4-106
How much do jurors get paid?
Hamilton County jurors are paid $10.00 for each day served. If you are selected you will receive compensation from the first day and then any day there after.
How long does jury duty last?
Jury Duty lasts four (4) months, but if selected you serve every other Monday and Tuesday. A typical day for a grand juror is from 9:00AM - 3:00PM with an hour lunch break. You may bring your lunch or you may leave for lunch. Lunch is not included.
 • What should I wear?
Dress comfortably. No shorts, halter or tank tops, and/or T-shirts are allowed in the courtroom. Hats may not be worn in the courtroom, anything distractive may not be worn. We recommend you bring a sweater or jacket because of the fluctuating temperatures.
What can I bring with me to jury duty?
The ideal item to bring would be a book or magazine.
What happens if I’m late?
As the process cannot proceed until all jurors are present, it is important that you are on time. If you are unavoidably delayed, please call the court immediately.
 • What is expected on the first day?
The first day will be very busy; the parking garage will fill up quickly. There will be anywhere from one hundred and fifty (150) to two hundred (200) people in the jury assembly room. At 9:00 A.M.  the judge will go over a few things with you and swear you in. We will pick two (2) panels of thirteen (13) people for the jury. The rest of the people will be alternates and called on if needed.
Where do I park?
The report date on your summons is orientation day. On that day, we will select the required amount of jurors to serve for the mandatory 2 week period. Anyone not selected to serve will be excused and cannot be summoned for 2 years.

Free parking will only be available to jurors who are selected. Free parking will begin on your first day of service. Free parking will not be available on orientation day.

On orientation day, be prepared to pay up to $8.00 for parking. You may park in the Republic Parking Garage located between the Courthouse and the Courts Building. This garage has entrances on Walnut Street and Cherry Street. This Garage begins to fill around 8:30am Monday through Friday.

All selected jurors please bring your parking card with you each day you are asked to come in. We will validate the card upon your arrival.
What is the duty of a Grand Juror?
A Grand jury is a type of jury which determines whether there is enough evidence for a trial. Grand juries carry out this duty by examining evidence presented to them by the District Attorney’s office in the form of police officers and other prosecution witnesses. The District Attorney’s office is the state’s attorney, they represent the State. The Grand Jury determines probable cause to issue indictments on persons accused of crimes. The Grand Jury hears testimony only not the defendant.

Grand jurors also visit CCA Silverdale workhouse, Juvenile Correction Facility, Hamilton County Jail, and Community Corrections Office. At the end of each term, or four (4) month service, a written report is given to the Judge. In the final report to the Judge the Grand Jurors report on the condition of the facilities, suggestions, criminal justice system, and their experience as Grand Jurors.
What if I don’t go to jury duty?
If a person who has been summoned but not excused or discharged fails to appear for service or otherwise respond as directed, a show cause order shall issue.
What if the summons is wrong or the person has died?
Wrong address: Please note wrong address and send back.
Addressee has died: We apologize if you received a summons addressed to a family member who has died. Jury lists are compiled every two (2) years from names obtained from the Hamilton County licensed drivers database that give us information before your family member passed or didn’t know about the death. If the mailer is unopened please write “Deceased”, on the outside of the mailer and mark it “Return to Sender”. If the mailer has been opened, please send a copy of the death certificate.
What if the weather is bad?
Listen to the news, if Hamilton County Courts are closed you don't report unless otherwise instructed.
Do I have to go to work if I am dismissed from jury duty early?
Some companies have their on policies concerning jury duty, if so, follow their policy. If not, then  refer to ( TCA 22-4-106) to read the statute.
What if I work a night shift?
( TCA 22-4-106)
What about an attendance letter?
If your employer needs specific times, your employer must provide you with a time sheet. You may request an attendance letter on a daily basis or at the end of your term.
Whom do I contact with questions about the American Disabilities Act “ADA”?
Call: 423.209.6120
 • What if my summons was sent to my parents' house or in my maiden name?
The jury pool is selected from the DMV database. Sometimes we get an old file and your name or address may not have been updated. Simply mark through the wrong address or name and put the correction next to it.
How will my family contact me in case of an emergency?
They can call our office at 423.209.7494 or 423.209.7495 and we will contact you.
What if my son or daughter receives a jury summons and they are in college or the military?
Send in documentation on their behalf.
 • Still have questions?
E-mail the jury coordinator at: juryclerk@hamiltontn.gov or call 423.209.6711 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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