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Jury Information

Bennington Superior Courtroom Jury Seating

Jury Central Administration Office: 802-865-5879
Frequently Asked Questions
expand  Can you be excused from serving on Jury Duty?
expand  How are prospective jurors selected?

Since the whole community cannot serve at the same time, the courts must have a way to randomly choose a group which represents the community for each trial. Jurors often wonder how this is done and how they were chosen.


In Vermont, people are called to jury service in the same county in which they live.  A list of prospective jurors is electronically compiled from the voter registration checklists of each town or city and a list of licensed drivers.   When jurors are needed for a trial, a randomly selected list of names from the appropriate county is generated by computer. A Summons and Jury Service Questionnaire is then sent to each person on the randomized list.   Jurors are required to complete the questionnaire either on the internet or on paper, then submit it to the Jury Administration Office. The completed questionnaires are used by the Court in making the final selection of jurors for a trial.

expand  How many days will I serve on a jury trial?
expand  How many times can I be called to Jury Duty?

A person is summoned to appear before the court no more than three times for jury draw (also called “voir dire”). Those selected to serve on any trials then return for those trials. Jurors who are not selected to serve on any trials on a jury draw day do not need to return to court for jury service until the next jury drawing day.

expand  How much can I get paid for being on a Jury?
expand  Is there a number I can call to see if I'm needed for Jury Duty?

Yes.  People who have been summoned for jury service MUST CALL the jury phone message line in their county after 5:00 PM on the day before they are scheduled to appear for jury duty.  The phone message number for jurors to call appears on the front page of their Summons.  A recorded message will explain whether the jurors are needed in court the next day, as previously scheduled.  Jurors should call the phone message line each time before they are scheduled to come to court. A juror who fails to call the jury phone message line, and then appears in court when not needed, will not be paid.

expand  What courts have Jury Trials?
expand  What is a Juror's Civil Oath?
You solemnly swear that you will well and truly try each and every issue which may be given you in charge during the present term of this court, agreeably to the evidence given you in court, and the laws of this state, and true verdicts give; your own counsel and that of your fellows you will duly observe and keep; you will say nothing to any person about the business and matters you may at any time have in charge, but to your fellow jurors, nor will you suffer anyone to speak to you about the same but in court; and when you have agreed on a verdict, you will keep it secret until you deliver it in court. So help you God.  
expand  What is a Juror's Criminal Oath
expand  Who is qualified for Jury Duty?
To qualify to serve as a juror, one must:
1. Be a citizen of the United States and 18 years of age;
2. Reside within the county;
3. Be able to read, write, understand and speak English;
4. Be capable, by reason of mental or physical condition, to render satisfactory jury service; and
5. Have not served a term of imprisonment in this state after conviction of a felony.
expand  Who should I contact if I still have questions?
expand  Why Me?
An editorial in The Burlington Free Press said the following about Jury Duty in Vermont:
"The jury system is based on the belief that every person has an innate sense of justice, and that presented with the facts, any random group of Americans will find the just answer to a case....every able Vermonter should take part and consider the effort part of the price of democracy. It's simple:  Anyone who expects to receive justice in Vermont's Courts must be willing to provide it."