Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 1861, all litigants "have the right to grand and petit jurors selected at random from a fair cross section of the community." The court uses a two-step process to select jurors. First, a master jury wheel is created by selecting names at random from the Registered Voters List for the State of West Virginia. Then, names are randomly drawn periodically from the master jury wheel to receive juror qualification questionnaires. Individuals' answers to these questionnaires determine whether they are legally qualified to serve. If so, the names of those persons are put on a second wheel, a qualified jury wheel. As prospective jurors are needed for a specific trial or grand jury, juror summonses are sent to persons randomly selected from the qualified wheel. All of these selections are carried out through a properly programmed electronic data processing system for pure randomized selection. The pure randomized process ensures that the mathematical odds of any single name being picked are substantially equal.
If you have been randomly selected to serve as a prospective juror for the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, you will receive a Summons for Jury Service for service on a Petit Jury Panel or a Grand Jury Panel.
This federal court may summon citizens for jury service who live in in the four divisions composed of the following twenty-three counties:
If you moved from one division to another, please contact the Clerk’s Office and request a transfer. If you moved to a county not mentioned above, please provide your new address and request to be disqualified.