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CAN I BRING A CELL PHONE OR LAPTOP INTO THE COURTHOUSE?
Cell phones are allowed in the court, however they must be turned off. Do not bring cameras or recording devices into the court. Desktop computer workstations are available in the Jury Assembly Area, with internet access. Wireless access to the internet is available for jurors to use with their own wireless enabled laptops.
WHAT IS PROPER COURT ATTIRE?
When appearing at the courthouse for jury service, you are expected to conduct yourself with reserve and courtesy. Please do not wear jeans, sandals, sneakers or t-shirts, as to preserve the dignity of the Court.
HOW WAS MY NAME SELECTED?
Your name was randomly selected from either the general election voter registration lists, the State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles driver's list, or the State of Ohio I.D. list. You were then mailed a qualification questionnaire to complete. On the basis of your answers to the questions on that form, you were found to be qualified to serve and were again randomly selected to be summoned as a prospective juror.
HOW LONG WILL I SERVE?
Prospective Petit jurors are subject to be called in for service for a period of no longer than 30 days or service on one trial, absent exceptional circumstances. An average trial lasts three to five days, but some may be longer. Court is usually in session from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If you are summoned for Grand Jury selection, the selection process will take one day. If you are selected to serve on a Grand Jury panel, you will serve approximately one to three days every month for an 18 month period.
WHEN SHOULD I REPORT FOR JURY DUTY?
You will receive a "Notice to Report" instructing you to report on a certain day and time. The date on the Notice to Report that you receive will begin your 30-day service term. The Notice to Report will have instructions about calling our automated message system before reporting. Sometimes the trial for which you have been called will settle or be rescheduled. When this occurs, you will hear a recorded message to either not report or report on a different date with further instructions. On some occasions, you may recieve a telephone or email message from the jury department with reporting instructions.
HOW DO I GET TO THE COURT HOUSE?
WHERE DO I REPORT FOR JURY DUTY?
WILL I RECEIVE PAYMENT FOR JURY SERVICE?
You will receive an attendance fee of $40.00 per day for the first ten days, after which you will receive $50.00 per day. In addition, you are reimbursed for mileage at .535 cents per mile roundtrip from your home, turnpike tolls and parking expenses. Checks will be mailed to you within two weeks of your service.
Jurors who receive more than $600.00 in attendance fees will be sent an IRS form 1099 at the end of the year. Refer to a qualified tax advisor for questions regarding taxability of attendance fees.
IS LUNCH PROVIDED?
WILL I HAVE TO STAY OVERNIGHT?
It is very rare for a jury to have to remain overnight. If this should happen, the government will pay all expenses for food and lodging. If you live more than 60 miles from the courthouse, you are entitled to stay at an area hotel and receive a subsistence allowance up to the maximum per diem rate.