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JURY DUTY SCAM
Please be aware: The Hamilton County Court System will not call you and ask you for your social security number or for any of your credit card numbers. Do not provide any of this information to anyone claiming to represent the court system. We will not call you and ask you to meet us somewhere to delivery money for your failure to appear for jury duty. This scam has happened in eleven states including Tennessee. If you receive a call like this please hang up and contact your local Sheriff’s department (423) 209-7000.
Welcome To Hamilton County Jury Service
The Trial Judges and Circuit Court Clerk, Larry L. Henry, of the Eleventh Judicial District of Hamilton County welcome you to Jury Service. This website was created to provide useful information concerning Jury Duty in Hamilton County. We hope all of your questions are answered.
CONTACT INFORMATION

Circuit Court Clerk:  Larry L. Henry
Jury Coordinator:  Margo McConnell

Jury Assembly Room 305, Third Floor
Hamilton County - City Courts Building
600 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402


Email is the most expedited method of communication!!!

Email: juryclerk@hamiltontn.gov
Phone number: (423) 209-6726
Fax number: (423) 209-6701
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
JUROR ELIGIBILITY
  • You must be a citizen of the United States.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must have lived in Hamilton County for 12 months or longer.
  • You must not be a convicted felon.
  • You must not be an active member in the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • You must not have served on a Federal or State jury in the past 24 months.
TERMS OF SERVICE
You will participate in an orientation on the date you have been summoned to report. 96 jurors will be randomly selected to serve. You may review the jury calendar on this website to confirm if your length of service is two (2) or three (3) weeks. The 96 jurors selected to serve will be responsible for calling a designated voice messaging system every evening after 5:00 p.m. for reporting instructions for the following day. Therefore, each evening you will know if you must be present the next day. Jury trials are not normally scheduled to begin on Mondays or Fridays. If you are not selected to serve as a juror you will be excused and cannot be summoned again for jury service for two years.
REQUESTS TO POSTPONE YOUR SERVICE
REQUESTS TO POSTPONE YOU SERVICE YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR REQUEST NO LATER THAN 10 DAYS BEFORE YOU ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR. YOU MAY REQUEST TO POSTPONE YOUR JURY DUTY ONLY ONE TIME.


You must choose a (2) two or (3) three week prescheduled term within the next (12) twelve months from this website. The Jury Clerk will send you a letter of confirmation. To Complete your request to postpone, choose one of the following:
  1. Go to the jury calendar on this website to select and confirm a new date of service.
  2. Or, write the date you selected on your jury summons and mail to Circuit Court
  3. Or, contact the Jury Coordinator for assistance juryclerk@hamiltontn.gov (Email preferred)
REQUESTS TO BE EXCUSED FROM SERVICE
YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR REQUEST NO LATER THAN 10 DAYS BEFORE YOU ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR.

  • ALL DOCUMENTATION SHOULD INCLUDE YOUR SUMMONS NUMBER
  • ALL DOCUMENTATION SHOULD INCLUDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER
  • YOU WILL NOT BE EXCUSED OVER THE PHONE
  • YOU MAY EMAIL, FAX, MAIL, OR HAND DELIVER DOCUMENTATION
    (Email is the most expedited form of communication)

 

Acceptable Forms of Documentation (subject to verification)
*A printable Jury Service Affidavit can be found on this website*

  1. DOCTORS MUST FAX EXCUSES to (423) 209-6701
  2. “FULL TIME” COLLEGE STUDENTS to submit a copy of your student I.D. or class schedule/list of hours issued by the school
  3. NON RESIDENTS to submit documentation that includes your name and new address Example – Driver’s License, Power Bill or Lease Agreement
  4. EXTREME FINANCIAL HARDSHIP – Complete an “Affidavit” (This does not apply solely based on a juror being required to be absent from their employment)
  5. DEPENDENCY/GUARDIANSHIP/PRIMARY CARETAKER – Complete an “Affidavit”
  6. OTHER – Complete an “Affidavit”

 

All documentation will be presented to a judge for review. Failure to provide adequate documentation, within the 10 day requirement, will result in your request being denied. The Jury Clerk will provide you a letter of confirmation.

 

Jurors will only be excused if serving will cause an “UNDUE OR EXTREME PHYSICAL OR FINANCIAL HARDSHIP”. Such a hardship may be present if the juror has a mental or physical condition which causes the juror to be incapable of performing jury service, or if the juror would:

  •  Be required to abandon a person under such juror’s personal care or supervision due to the impossibility of obtaining an appropriate substitute caregiver during the period of participation in the jury service.
  • Incur costs that would have a substantial adverse impact on the payment of the juror’s necessary daily living expenses or on those for whom such juror provides the principle means of support.
  • Suffer physical hardship that would result in illness or disease; or
  •  Be deprived of compensation due to out-of-state employment and employer is not required to compensate jurors and declines to do so voluntarily.
COMPENSATION AND EMPLOYMENT
Jurors are paid $10.00 for each day they are present for service. A check will be mailed to you when you have completed your 2 week or 3 week term of service.

Please advise the Jury Coordinator if you would prefer to donate your jury compensation to the “Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund”. For additional information you may visit their website http://treasury.tn.gov/injury/

If necessary, provide your employer(s) with a copy of your summons.

If an employee is working a night shift or is working during hours preceding those in which court is normally held, such employee shall also be excused from employment for the shift immediately preceding the employee’s first day of service. After the first day of service, if the employee is serving more than three (3) hours during a day, shall be excused from the employee’s next scheduled work period occurring within twenty-four (24) hours of such day of jury service.

No employer shall discharge or in any manner discriminate against an employee for serving on jury duty.

If an employer employs less than five (5) people on a regular basis or if the juror has been employed by an employer on a temporary basis for less than six (6) months, the employer is not required to compensate the juror during the period of jury service. All other Tennessee employers must provide a juror’s usual compensation for the time the juror actually spends serving and traveling to and from jury duty. An employer has the discretion to deduct the amount of compensation the juror receives from the court. You may request a certificate of attendance when you report for jury duty, if your employer requires such a certificate. If your employer would like specific times you must provide a time sheet to the Jury Coordinator.
Tennessee Code Annotated 22-4-106

(1) Upon receiving a summons to report for jury duty, any employee shall on the next day the employee is engaged in such employee's employment exhibit the summons to the employee's immediate superior, and the employer shall thereupon excuse the employee from employment for each day the employee’s service as a juror in any court of the United States or the state of Tennessee exceeds three (3) hours.

(2) If an employee summoned for jury duty is working a night shift or is working during hours preceding those in which court is normally held, such employee shall also be excused from employment as provided by this section for the shift immediately preceding the employee's first day of service. After the first day of service, when such person's responsibility for jury duty exceeds three (3) hours during a day, the person whose circumstances fall within the parameters of this subdivision (a) (2) shall be excused from the person's next scheduled work period occurring within twenty-four (24) hours of such day of jury service. Any question concerning the application of this subdivision (a)(2) to a particular work shift or shifts shall be conclusively resolved by the trial judge of the court to which the employee has been summoned.

(b) Notwithstanding the excused absence as herein provided, the employee shall be entitled to such employee's usual compensation received from such employment; however, the employer has the discretion to deduct the amount of the fee or compensation the employee receives for serving as a juror. Moreover, no employer shall be required to compensate an employee for more time than was actually spent serving and traveling to and from jury duty. If an employer employs less than five (5) people on a regular basis or if the juror has been employed by an employer on a temporary basis for less than six (6) months, the employer is not required to compensate the juror during the period of jury service pursuant to this section.

(c) It is the duty of all persons paying jurors their fee or compensation for jury service to issue to each juror a statement showing the daily fee or compensation and the total amount of fees or compensation received by the juror. Such person also shall provide a juror with a statement showing the number of hours the juror spent serving each day if the juror or juror’s employer requests such a statement prior to the service at issue.

(d)

(1) No employer shall discharge or in any manner discriminate against an employee for serving on jury duty if such employee, prior to taking time off, gives the required notice pursuant to subsection (a).

(2)
                         (A) Any employee who is discharged, demoted, or suspended because such employee has taken time off to serve on jury duty is entitled to reinstatement and reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits caused by such acts of the employer.
                         (B) Any employer who willfully refuses to rehire, or otherwise restore an employee or former employee, commits a Class A misdemeanor.

(e) Any employer who violates this section commits a Class A misdemeanor.

(f) For the purposes of this section, "employer" includes, but is not limited to, the state of Tennessee or any local government.

PARKING
The report date on your summons is orientation day. On that day, we will select 96 jurors to serve for the term. Parking will be validated on orientation day only if you are selected and sent to a courtroom to serve on a case. If you are not sent to a courtroom on orientation day, you will be responsible for parking fees up to $8.00. Your parking will be validated all other days you are asked to report. We validate one time per day. If you are not selected and excused, parking validation is not provided.

**Please bring your parking card with you each day for validation**


You may park in the Republic Parking Garage located between the Courthouse and the Courts Building. The garage has entrances on Walnut Street and Cherry Street. This Republic Parking Garage is the only parking location that is validated by the Jury Office. Please be mindful this garage normally becomes full around 8:30 a.m.
COURTHOUSE SECURITY
You will go through a metal detector in the Courthouse. No sharp metal objects allowed (e.g. pocket knives, nail clippers, tools, etc.). No outside food or beverages are allowed. You can bring laptop computers and cell phones. You will be asked to remove all items from your pockets, and your waist belt. To expedite the screening process we ask that you limit the items you bring with you.
ATTIRE
Jurors must be dressed appropriately while in the courthouse. Although the judge will determine whether juror's attire is appropriate, jurors should not wear shorts, short skirts, sagging pants, see-through or suggestive clothing, visible undergarments, flip flops, house shoes, bandanas, headbands, hats/caps, or clothing with inappropriate or offensive advertisements or slogans
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