Jury Information

GENERAL JURY DUTY INFORMATION

The Circuit Clerk is responsible for the administration and management of the Jury System and provides jury panels for  3 Circuit Court Judges, 5 Magistrate and 3 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.  Mercer County jurors are chosen by either WV Drivers License or Voters Registration.

 

GRAND JURY

The Grand Jury in Mercer County consists of sixteen (16) members and convenes on the second Monday of each term of Court. Mercer County Terms of Court are February, June and October. The main duty of the Grand Jury is to hear criminal cases presented by the Prosecuting Attorney and decide if there is probable cause to indict. It is not the duty of the Grand Jury to decide the guilt or innocence of an individual.

 

PETIT JURY

A Petit Jury in criminal cases determines the guilt or innocense of a defendant. A guilty verdict must be by unanimous vote. Twelve (12) people are impaneled to sit as jurors on a criminal trial.
A Petit Jury in civil cases decided between the plaintiff(s) and defendant(s) as to an issue between the parties. Civil Jurors must also be unanimous in their decision. Six (6) people are impaneled to sit on a civil trial.

 

MERCER COUNTY JUROR SELECTION

“Petit Jurors” are summoned twice in each of the February, June and October Terms. We refer to these jurors as February Petit, February Additional Petit, June Petit, June Additional Petit, October Petit and October Additional Petit. The terms of service last approximately 8 weeks. A jury orientation is held for each set of new jurors at the beginning of their respective terms. After Orientation, Mercer County uses an automated phone line by which jurors call to see when and where their particular group is to report.“Grand Jurors” are summoned three (3) times a year: February, June and October. The term of service for Grand Jury is about 16 weeks; however, generally speaking, Mercer County Grand Jurors serve 3 consecutive days at the most beginning the second Monday of February, June and December.

 

IF YOU RECEIVE a summons for Petit or Grand Jury, it is most important that you complete the questionnaire and return it to the Court; Immediately mark your calendar for your Orientation Date and appear as summoned. For any questions regarding Mercer County Jury Service, you may call 304-487-8393.


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