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Jury Service

You Can Make a Difference

Welcome to jury service in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. We believe that you will find your time spent as a juror both an interesting and rewarding experience.

Jurors perform a vital role in the American system of justice and your service is one of the highest duties of citizenship. The protection of our rights and liberties is largely achieved through the teamwork of judge and jury who, working together in a common effort, put into practice the principles of our great heritage of freedom. The judge determines the law to be applied in the case while the jury decides the facts. Thus, in a very important way, jurors become a part of the Court itself.

Our Court is grateful for your willingness to accept this responsibility. We wish to extend our appreciation for your jury service and hope that you leave with a greater understanding of our jury system in this country.

A WORD OF THANKS

By serving jury duty you are participating in the administration of justice. There is no more valuable service that a citizen can perform in support of our democratic government than the good faith performance of jury duty.

Sandy Opacich
Clerk of Court

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Dear prospective juror,

The unprecedented times created by COVID-19 have presented the federal judiciary with many challenges in the way we conduct business. One of those challenges is federal jury service. After thorough review and much consideration, we have begun to resume some sense of normalcy, while adhering to the new set of health and safety standards set forth by the CDC and State Health Officials. Outlined below, are the actions the Ohio Northern District has taken to ensure your safety during the entire length of your service as a juror at the United States District Court.

Upon arriving at the courthouse on your day of service, here is what you can expect:

  • Health screening may take place for admittance into the courthouse.
  • Face coverings are required in the courthouse.
  • Social distancing will be observed in all areas, including security screening, jury assembly, courtrooms, deliberation areas, and elevators.
  • Deep cleaning/sanitizing of the courthouse each morning and throughout the day
  • Increased operation of HVAC equipment using the highest quality air filters.
  • Modified check-in and voir dire procedures to minimize personal contact.

In addition, after arriving at the Jury Assembly Area, you will be provided with the following items for your personal use while in the courthouse.

  • A cloth mask with anti-bacterial properties, however bringing your own is also strongly encouraged
  • A face-shield
  • An anti-bacterial wipe
  • Pens
  • Hand sanitizer

It is recommended that all jurors bring their own snacks, lunch, and drinks each day of service, as the Courthouse Cafe is temporarily closed, as well as many area restaurants. You may eat your lunch in the Jury Assembly Area, which provides ample space for proper social distancing.

For your safety and the safety of others, please do NOT enter the court house if you are ill or experiencing any flu‐like symptoms, including headache, fever, sore throat, cough, or nausea. Please notify the Jury Department immediately, at 216‐357‐7060 if you are ill or experiencing any of these symptoms before reporting. For all other types of requests for excuse or deferment, please follow the instructions included with your summons. 

We want to reiterate that our court has taken strict measures to ensure your safety in order to give you peace of mind and allow you the opportunity to fulfil your jury service. We also want to thank you for your willingness to serve, as jurors are the bedrock of the justice system in the United States of America.

Sandy Opacich
Clerk of Court

Frequently Asked Questions

Are face masks/coverings required?

  • Yes, a face covering must always be worn in the courthouse. You should bring your own mask to the courthouse. You will also be provided with an additional cloth mask with antibacterial properties by the Court.

What should I do if a medical condition prevents me from wearing a mask?

  • You should contact the Jury Department before your report date. Contact information can be found in the material you recieved with your summons or via the links on this page to each courthouse. 

Will I be required to remove my mask during jury selection?

  • In order to preserve the integrity of the jury selection process, you may be asked to remove your mask. For this reason, the Court will provide you with a full-face shield. You may wear this at any time in place of a mask.

What is the court doing to ensure safety of the public?

  • Health screening may take place for admittance into the Court House.
  • Face coverings are required in the Court House.
  • Social distancing will be observed in all areas, including security screening, jury assemblly, courtrooms, deliberation areas, and elevators.
  • Deep cleaning/sanitizing of the Court House each morning and throughout the day.
  • Increased operation of HVAC equipment using the highest quality air filters.
  • Modified check-in and voir dire procedures to minimize personal contact.

Is food available for purchase?

  • At this time, we recommend bringing your own lunch, snacks, and drinks, as courthouse cafeterias and local restaurants may be closed.

Are vending machines available?

  • Access to vending machines will be limited, as well as availability. Jurors are encouraged tobring snacks and lunch from home.

Will water fountains be available?

  • Water fountains in the building will be turned off. We recommend bringing your own water.

I need to request an excuse or deferment based on COVID‐19 related concerns. What should I do?

  • Please follow the instructions for requesting an excuse or deferral contained in the brochur included with your summons. All requests should be made in writing.

I, or someone in my household, is feeling ill and it is too late to submit a written request. What should I do?

  • You should contact the Jury Department before your report date. Contact information can be found in the material you recieved with your summons or via the links on this page to each courthouse.