JURY SERVICE

IMPORTANCE

Jury Service is a civic duty and an important responsibility.  As a juror, you will be directly involved as a participant in making our judicial system work in the manner it is intended.  Your service as a juror helps to preserve the constitutionally guaranteed right to a fair trial comprised of fellow citizens.  Jury service is a privilege earned and is to be continually guarded and preserved.

 

PETIT JURY

GENERAL

As a petit juror, you will be required to attend the initial jury orientation on the day indicated in the summons.  You will be on call for a period of 2 weeks.  For those individuals requiring assistance due to a disability, please call (330) 675-2573 and inform the jury commissioner of the type of assistance you will need during your term of service.  Please do this immediately upon receipt of your jury summons as some types of accommodations may require advance preparations.

Typically, you will receive your jury summons/questionnaire in the mail approximately 3 - 4 weeks prior to your term of service.  After the initial jury orientation, to determine if and when you need to report, you must call the “Recorded Jury Message” at the number on your instruction sheet.

ATTIRE

Please use good judgment and report for jury duty properly dressed.  You should take into account that you will be participating in a formal legal proceeding and you should dress respectfully.  Mini-skirts, tank tops and pajamas are inappropriate.  Business casual attire is preferred.

COMPENSATION

Compensation for jury service is set by the Board of County Commissioners.  The compensation may vary from county to county.  In Trumbull County, jurors receive $25 per day for each day of service.  Your payment will be mailed after the conclusion of your service and is typically received within 4 to 6 weeks after the completion date of your service.

By law, your employer is required to give you time off from work to serve jury duty.  Employees must give advance notice so as to give employers time to make arrangements for the employee’s absence.  Private employees are NOT required by law to compensate employees for time related to jury duty.  However, some private employers may voluntarily pay their employees.  In some circumstances, public-sector employees may be entitled to pay while serving jury duty.

Ohio law prohibits employers from terminating, threatening to terminate or otherwise disciplining permanent employees with termination because he or she is serving jury duty.  Ohio law also expressly prohibits employers from requiring employees to use vacation days or sick leave for responding to a jury duty summons or serving on a jury.  Nor are employers even allowed to ask that the employees use their paid time off, accordingly to statute.  However, employees may voluntarily use vacation days or paid time off if those benefits are provided by the employer.

 

GRAND JURY

The Grand Jury is a time-honored institution which decides whether a person should be tried for a serious crime.  As a grand juror, you will hear some evidence, but you will not be trying the case.  You will receive evidence only by the prosecution and you will decide if that evidence, taken by itself, justifies the charge of a crime.  You will be advised by the judge and/or prosecutor as to the legal principles involved.  If you find there is sufficient evidence to support the charge of a crime, you will vote on a true bill.  If not, you will vote NOT a true bill.  The proceedings before a Grand Jury are secret.