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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.


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


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. 

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

  • Face coverings will not be required to gain entrance into a federal courthouse in the Northern District of Ohio, unless the current COVID-19 Community Level is high in the county where the courthouse is located. Signs will be placed at courthouse entrances when face coverings are required for entry.
  • Face coverings are required in the jury assembly room, regardless of the COVID-19 Community Level. Each Judge may set the masking policy for their Courtroom. Please make sure to bring a face covering for use when required.
  • Deep cleaning/sanitizing of the Court House each morning and throughout the day.
  • Increased operation of HVAC equipment using the highest quality air filters.

It is recommended that all jurors bring their own snacks, lunch, and drinks each day of service, as many courthouse cafeteria are temporarily closed, as well as many area restaurants. 

If you need to request an excuse or deferment based on COVID-19 related concerns or for other reason, please follow the instructions for requesting an excuse or deferral on your summons. All requests must be made in writing. 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 if you are ill or experiencing any of these symptoms before reporting.