Jury Duty FAQ

What should I wear?
You may dress comfortably but keep attire appropriate for the courtroom, here are some guidelines: 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, hats, caps, or clothing with inappropriate or offensive advertisements or slogans. We recommend you bring a sweater or jacket because of the fluctuating temperatures in the jury assembly room and courtrooms.

How are jurors selected?
Jury selection begins when a name is randomly selected from a master computer generated list of persons with Tennessee driver’s licenses. Those randomly selected citizens are sent a summons which is a Court Order stating the required time and place to appear.

How long will I serve as a juror?
Petit Jury service is for one (1) month and the jurors will be “on call”. This means, jurors will call the jury instruction line (615-907-3566) during their assigned month Monday through Friday after 4:30 PM and listen to a recorded message for their group number and further instructions.  If your group number is called, follow the instructions on the recorded message and report to the Jury Assembly Room accordingly.  Please note you must attend the juror orientation date on your summons prior to calling in.   

Grand Jurors serve the first three (3) days of the month for three consecutive (3) months.  Grand Jurors are selected randomly during every third juror orientation.   

What should I bring with me?
You will spend some time waiting in the Jury Assembly Room before being seated on a jury panel. You may bring reading material to pass the time. You may also bring paperwork or laptop computers; however, there is no internet in the Jury Assembly room. You can bring a cell phone, but you must silence it before entering a courtroom.  There are no refrigerators in the Jury Assembly room; therefore, please do not bring a lot of food or any perishable items.  You may bring a small snack and bottled water/soft drinks.  Absolutely no glass bottles allowed. You may also bring a sweater as the Jury Assembly room temperature is unpredictable.

What happens if I ignore my summons?
A juror summons is a Court Order. Any juror who fails to appear when summoned may be fined and/or held in contempt of court.

How often do I have to serve?
Following jury service, a citizen shall be exempt from jury duty for 2 years.

What kind of trials do jurors hear?
Jurors hear either criminal or civil cases.

What kind of case will I be on?
You are part of a jury pool for trials in Criminal, Civil, and Chancery Courts.

What is the role of a juror?
Your job as a juror is to listen to all the evidence presented at trial and make a decision based on the facts.

Will I be sequestered?
Sequestration is a term used to describe jurors staying at a local hotel at the county’s expense during the trial. Sequestration occurs rarely but may happen.

Does the court provide childcare?
No. Children are not allowed in the Jury Assembly Room or in courtrooms. Please make arrangements for childcare.

What if the weather is bad?
In the event of inclement weather, please call the juror instruction line (615-907-3566) before you leave to report for service.  A voice recording will be left as soon as the information is available.

What happens if I am late?
As the trial cannot proceed until all jurors are present, it is important that you are on time. If you are unavoidably delayed, please call the jury coordinator at 615-907-3566 immediately.