ASHLAND COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT

General and Domestic Relations Divisions

 

Jury Information

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Some commonly asked questions (and their answers) about jury duty follow.  We hope this will answer any questions you may have.  If not, please feel free to contact Tina Carpenter, the Court Administrator.
WHAT ABOUT PARKING?
You may park in any number of lots located within a couple of blocks of the Courthouse.  There are County and City lots near the Courthouse on Third Street (near Church St), Second Street (near PNC Bank), between Orange and Center Streets (near Job and Family Services), and between Claremont Ave. and Luther Street.  A map designating some of those parking locations can be obtained from the following link:  PARKING LOT MAP 
WHAT ARE THE HOURS?
The Court is usually in session from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a break for lunch around noon that lasts approximately one hour.  The Courtís hours, however, depend on what is happening in the trial.  When the jury starts to deliberate, you could be here late that evening, depending on what time you start deliberations.  Sometimes the Judge likes to start earlier than 8:00 a.m. and/or stay later than 4:00 p.m., so as to not prolong your days of service.
HOW LONG IS MY JURY SERVICE?
You are on call for approximately one week. That does not mean you will be needed for the entire week, however, you will need to call the tape recording after 5:00 p.m. each evening, or check the Adobe Acrobat PDF notice accessible through the link button on this siteís home page or this page.  You will find out then if you need to come in the following morning or when you need to call back or re-check the website notice.  If you are seated on a panel, you are still on call.  We try not to seat you on more than one jury.  This cannot, however always be avoided.
THE REPORTING NUMBER IS:   419-281-6130
    
COURTHOUSE SECURITY:
All persons entering the Courthouse are subject to security screening.   Please do NOT bring any cell phones, cameras, computers, net books, pocket knives, scissors, sharp objects, mace or other inappropriate items with you when appear for jury duty.  Such items will be impounded and returned at the end of the business day, or at the conclusion of your service.  Any bag or purse you bring with you will be subject to a thorough search.  You may wish to leave items in your car or at home if you do not wish to have them searched or otherwise separated from your person for lengthy periods of time.
COURTROOM ATTIRE:
Proper dress is required for jurors.  No shorts, tank or halter tops, or flip-flops are permitted.  You may want to bring a sweater or light jacket with you in the event you find the Courtroom chilly.
HOW DO I PROVE TO MY EMPLOYER THAT I WAS HERE?
You may obtain an affidavit form the Clerk of Courtís office located on the top floor of the Courthouse and at the West end of the hallway.  You must check in each day you are called, in order to receive your (nominal) jury fee.  The current jury compensation rate is $30.00 for each full day of service, and $15.00 for a half-day of service.  Please try to remember your juror number when you report to the Clerkís office.  You will receive your check for jury service approximately one month following the date of service.
LINKS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Further information regarding jury service can be obtained at the following LINKS:

Ohio Judicial Conference GRAND JURY INFORMATION PAMPHLET

Ohio Judicial Conference PETIT (TRIAL) JURY INFORMATION PAMPHLET

Jury Orientation Video (will take approximately 5-10 minutes to download)

WE WILL STRIVE TO MAKE YOUR JURY EXPERIENCE A PLEASANT ONE, AND CERTAINLY ASK FOR YOUR FEEDBACK AS TO HOW WE CAN MAKE THE EXPERIENCE FOR OTHERS EVEN BETTER IN THE FUTURE!

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