Jury System

The Circuit Clerk is responsible for the administration and management of the Jury System and provides jury panels for Circuit, Magistrate and Municipal Courts. The Clerk creates the master list of prospective jurors, randomly selects panels for attendance, qualifies and summons the jurors and monitors attendance and mileage for reimbursement purposes.

There are two types of juries:

1. GRAND JURY:
The Grand Jury consists of sixteen (16) members and meets the 3rd Tuesday of each term of court (January, April and September). The main duty of the Grand Jury is to hear criminal cases presented by the Prosecuting Attorney and decide if there is probable cause. It is not their duty however, to decide the guilt or innocence of an individual.
2. PETIT JURY:
A Petit Jury in criminal cases determines guilt or innocence. A guilty finding must be by unanimous vote. Twelve (12) people are impaneled to sit on a criminal trial.
A Petit Jury in civil cases decides between a plaintiff and defendant as to disagreements that have arisen between parties. They must also be unanimous in their decision. Six (6) people are impaneled to sit on a civil trial.

If selected for Petit Jury service your term is only one (1) month long.  However, if you are impaneled on a jury close to the end of your service, you will be required to serve until that trial is completed.

CELL PHONES ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE COURTHOUSES FOR ANY REASON!

24 HOUR SERVICE LINE FOR JURORS: 304.725.3544 or Toll Free at 800.791.6673
This Jury Line is for informational purposes only, no messages can be left.
Please call the office for any changes in your status such as illness, doctor’s appointments, vacations and unforeseen emergencies. The Clerk’s office will make every effort to work with you regarding these situations.

When your term is complete the Clerk’s office will submit all necessary paperwork for your service and mileage. Our office will mail your check directly to you in a timely manner.
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