Gallium arsenide junction field-effect transistors (GaAs JFETs) are promising for deep cryogenic (< 10 K) readout electronics applications. This paper presents the structure and fabrication of GaAs (JFETs) and their performance at 4 K. It is shown that these JFETs operate normally at 4 K, with no anomalous behavior such as kinks or hysteresis. The noise voltage follows a 1/(root)f dependence and is approximately 1 (mu) v/(root)Hz at 1 Hz for a ring JFET that is 1250 micrometers in circumference and 20 micrometers long. The gate leakage current reaches 1 pA at a gate voltage of -6 V, and increases exponentially at approximately 1 decade per volt. The noise is within the limits of the requirements for typical VLWIR readout applications; the extrapolated gate leakage current at typical operating biases is higher than the required limit by two orders of magnitude. Planned improvements to reduce the leakage current are discussed.