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Jury Duty

How did I become selected?
Voter registration lists are fed into the computer at the beginning of each year, and three (3) times throughout that year, a list of names are pooled into prospective Juror lists of approximately 500 names.  You may be called by the Clerk of Courts Office to appear on a specific date and time for Jury Duty.

How long is my Jury Service?
Your Jury “term” is four (4) months long, depending upon the term in which you were chosen.  We have three (3) terms.

Spring Term = January, February, March and April
Summer Term = May, June, July and August
Fall Term = September, October, November and December

Your Jury “service” depends if you are seated on a Jury Panel. On average, Trials usually last no longer than two (2) or three (3) days.  Please note that once you have been seated, your name will be void from the system for two (2) years before it goes back into rotation again.

What if my employer says they won’t give me time off?
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 2313.18 Employer may not penalize employee for being called to jury duty.

(A) No employer shall discharge, threaten to discharge, or take any disciplinary action that could lead to the discharge of any permanent employee who is summoned to serve as a juror pursuant to Chapter 2313. of the Revised Code if the employee gives reasonable notice to the employer of the summons prior to the commencement of the employee’s service as a juror and if the employee is absent from employment because of the actual jury service.
(B) No employer shall require or request an employee to use annual, vacation, or sick leave for time spent responding to a summons for jury duty, time spent participating in the jury selection process, or for time spent actually serving on a jury. Nothing in this division requires an employer to provide annual, vacation, or sick leave to employees under the provisions of this section who otherwise are not entitled to those benefits under the employer’s policies.
(C) A court shall automatically postpone and reschedule the service of a summoned juror of an employer with twenty-five or fewer full-time employees, or their equivalent, if another employee of that employer has previously been summoned to appear during the same term or part of a term of that court for which that juror has been summoned and if that employer or employee demonstrates to the sufficiency of the court that the other employee has been so summoned. A postponement under this division does not constitute the excused individual’s right to one automatic postponement pursuant to section 2313.13 of the Revised Code.
(D) Whoever violates this section shall be punished as for a contempt of court pursuant to Chapter 2705. of the Revised Code.
Effective Date: 10-09-1981; 05-18-2005

How do I prove to my employer that I served Jury Duty?
You may obtain a Certification from the Clerk of Courts Office.

How much will I get paid?
You will receive $30.00 for each day, that means for a full day or any part of a day.  You will receive your check approximately one (1) month from date of service.

What are the hours?
Court is usually in session from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a break at mid-morning; an hour break for lunch; a mid-afternoon break; and dismissal at or about 4:30 p.m.   However, the hours depend on what is happening in the Trial.  When the Jury starts to deliberate, you could be here later that night depending on what time deliberations started.  Sometimes the Judge likes to start earlier than 9:00 a.m. and/or stay later than 4:30 p.m. so as to not prolong the number of days of service.

Where do I park?
There is a map available for parking attached to your Questionnaire.  We ask that you DO NOT park on Main Street.  We try to keep these spaces open for customers of local businesses.

~ We will strive to make your Jury experience a pleasant one.  Your service is extremely important to all parties invovled. ~