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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. 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.
Welcome! To Hamilton County Grand Jury Service
The Trial Judges and Circuit Court Clerk, Larry L. Henry, of the Eleventh Judicial District of Hamilton County welcome you to Grand Jury service. This website was created to provide useful information concerning Grand Jury duty in Hamilton County. We hope all of your questions are answered. If you still have questions, please call us a call at (423) 209-6726 or email the Jury Coordinator at juryclerk@hamiltontn.gov.
GRAND JUROR QUALIFICATIONS
ELIGIBILITY: A person is only eligible for jury service if he or she is at least 18 years of age, is a citizen of the United States, has been a resident of Hamilton County for at least 12 months, has not served as a juror during the previous twenty-four (24) months, and has not been convicted of perjury, subornation of perjury, a felony, or any infamous offense.
REQUESTS TO BE EXCUSED
YOU MUST PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION NO LATER THAN 10 DAYS BEFORE YOU ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR
Prospective jurors who:
  • Have a mental or physical condition that causes that person to be incapable of performing jury service
  • Has an extreme physical or financial hardship

  • Proper Documentation:
  • Income tax returns
  • Medical statements from a licensed physician that specifically reference “Jury Duty”
  • Proof of dependency or guardianship
  • Affidavit stating that the person is unable to obtain appropriate substitute caregiver

Failure to provide satisfactory documentation 10 days before you are scheduled to appear may result in a denial of your request. Any information faxed or emailed must include your summons number for proper identification.
Fax Number: (423) 209-6701
Email: juryclerk@hamiltontn.gov (most expedited form of communication)

REQUESTS TO POSTPONE YOUR SERVICE
YOU MUST PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION NO LATER THAN 10 DAYS BEFORE YOU ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR
You may postpone your jury service to a date the court will be in session. The Grand Jury orientation / selection dates occur in January, May and September. Please refer to the calendar posted on this website. You may request a postponement one time. No additional requests to postpone will be approved. Please go to the Juror Registration Form on this website to submit your request. You will receive an email confirmation from the Jury Coordinator.
GRAND JURY TERMS OF SERVICE
Grand Jury Duty lasts four (4) months. If selected, you will serve every other Monday and Tuesday. A typical day for a grand juror is from 8:30a.m. - 3:00p.m., with an hour lunch break. You may bring your lunch or you may leave for lunch. Lunch is not included.
COMPENSATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Grand Jurors are paid $13.00 for each day they are present for service. You are paid weekly.

Upon receiving a summons to report for jury duty please provide a copy to your employer, if necessary.

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, the employee 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. (See Tennessee Code Annotated 22-4-106 available on our website or in our office.)

PARKING

The report date on your summons is orientation day. On that day, we will select the required amount of jurors to serve the mandatory four (4) month period.

 

****Free parking will only be available to jurors who are selected. ****

On orientation day, individuals not selected should 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. The garage has entrances on Walnut Street and Cherry Street. Please refer to the map located on the white copy of your summons for more details. Please be mindful this garage can become full around 8:30a.m. If this occurs, you will need to find available areas to park.

****Please bring your parking card with you each day you for validation. ****
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 (including undershirts and tank tops), flip flops, house shoes, bandanas, headbands, hats/caps, or clothing with inappropriate or offensive advertisements or slogans.
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.
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