JURY INFORMATION


A juror is a very important person in our legal system. Our justice system is based on the belief that a just and fair result in court comes from having disputes settled by our fellow citizens. When you are called to serve on a jury, you have an obligation to your fellow citizens to honor the jury summons and to appear at court.

How are People Selected for Jury Service?

SELECTION PROCESS

In the Ashland Municipal Court, people are selected for jury service by random drawing from a list of registered voters that reside in Ashland County, Ohio. A new list of eligible jurors is created each year.

SELECTED FOR SERVICE

Once your name is drawn, you will receive a letter notifying you of your potential jury service, as well as a juror questionnaire* that you need to fill out and return to the Court as soon as possible. 

SUMMONED FOR JURY

Potential jurors are on-call for jury service for three (3) months. In the event that you are ordered to serve as a juror, you will receive a jury summons with a specific date and time to report for jury duty. 


*If you fail to respond to the juror questionnaire, you may be punished with contempt of court or other sanctions. If you need an additional copy of the juror questionnaire, you may download an additional copy here.

Summoned to Serve as a Juror

The Evening Before

Contact the Court or consult with this website to determine whether or not the trial will go forward on the date set forth in your jury summons.

Usually, the parties involved in a case will try to settle their differences outside of court to avoid the time and expense of a trial; occasionally, the parties will come to an agreement, making a jury trial and your jury service unnecessary. 

Arrival

Please arrive at the time provided in the jury summons. You may park in our free, main parking lot, located in front of the Ashland Justice Facility. Upon entering the Court, you will watch a brief video explaining the system. 

For a map of the Court’s location, please refer to the bottom of the “Contact” page on the Court’s website.

Jury Selection

  1. You will be introduced to the parties and the attorneys in the case and given a list of probable witnesses.
  2. You will be told a little bit about the case so it can be determined if any past experiences or bias might make it hard for you to be fair.
  3. You will have an opportunity to tell the court about anything else that might impact your ability to serve as a juror, such as health problems, employment situations, or other obligations. If you wish, you may respond to these questions confidentially to the Judge and the attorneys.

Peremptory Challenge: Each side in a case has the right to ask that a certain limited number of jurors be excused without giving a reason.

Challenges for Cause: Each side may make an unlimited number of challenges for good reasons.

This selection process is designed to determine if it might be difficult for you to be fair and impartial in the case to be tried. (i.e. If you have a relationship with any of the individuals, you will likely be excused from jury service for that case.)

Taking Oath

If you are selected to serve on the jury, you will stand and take an oath to: 

  • “Well and truly” try this case 
  • Wait until all evidence has been heard before making a decision
  • Follow the Judge’s instructions about the law and procedures in arriving at a verdict 

Trial

As a member of the jury, you must pay attention throughout the trial and decide the facts from the evidence presented. 

After the attorneys have presented their evidence and made their closing arguments, the Judge will instruct you about the laws that apply to the case. 

Deliberation

Following the Judge’s instructions, you will go to the jury room to deliberate the case until you reach a verdict with your fellow jurors. 

You will elect a jury foreperson to ensure discussions are conducted in an orderly fashion, all issues are fully and fairly discussed, and all jurors have an opportunity to participate. 

Verdict

Once you and your fellow jurors reach a verdict, you will sign a verdict form and notify the bailiff that you have reached a decision. 

Your verdict will be read in open court. This will conclude the trial and you will be dismissed from jury duty by the Judge and compensated for your time. 

If you fail to report for jury duty, you may be punished with contempt of court or other sanctions. If an unexpected event will prevent you from reporting for jury duty, please contact the Court immediately.

During trial, you are not permitted to: 

  • Independently investigate the matters involved in the case
  • Discuss the case with fellow jurors until all evidence has been presented, the attorneys have made their closing arguments, and the Judge has instructed you about the applicable law
  • Discuss the case with anyone outside the courtroom until after you and the other jurors have deliberated in the jury room and have arrived at a verdict 
  • Use any electronic technology to obtain information about the case or its subject matter, or to communicate with anyone about the case 

After the verdict, you may discuss the case with others if you so choose.



Benefits of Being a Juror

  • Gain first-hand knowledge of the legal system
  • Proudly contribute to Ashland County, Ohio’s system of justice
  • Compensated for your time: you will be paid $30.00/day for each day you serve on a jury

Juror Requirements

  • Bona fide resident of Ashland County, Ohio 
  • At least 18 years of age 
  • Must not have lost your right to serve on a jury by having been convicted of certain crimes (or you must have had those rights restored)

Being Excused from Jury Service

If any of the following conditions are applicable to you, you may be excused from jury service in the Ashland Municipal Court:


VIEW EXCUSED LIST
  1. You are a member of a cloistered religious order or of a recognized Amish sect 
  2. You have a mental or physical condition that renders you incapable of performing jury service 
  3. You have a spouse or a near relative that has recently passed away or is seriously ill 
  4. Your service on a jury would cause you or someone in your care extreme physical or financial hardship 
  5. Your service on a jury would cause you, someone in your care, or the general public harm 
  6. You are older than 70 years of age 
  7. You are a member of the armed forces currently on active duty 

If you fall within one of the preceding categories, you are not automatically excused from jury service. You must fill out and return a juror questionnaire to the Court, providing an explanation for your excuse, and the Court must approve your excuse. 

If you are excused by the Court, you will become eligible for jury selection again in the next random jury draw. 

Postponing Jury Service

You may request that your jury service be postponed to a later date. If you’d like to postpone your jury service, you must fill out and return a juror questionnaire to the Court, providing an explanation for your postponement, and the Court must approve the postponement. 

If you ask to be excused from jury service, or if you ask for your jury service to be postponed, you may need to provide additional information or verification to the Judge, the Clerk of Court, or the Jury Administrator beyond what you may have previously provided in your juror questionnaire. 

Upcoming Jury Trials

Jurors who have received a summons in the mail should check below to see if they are still required to report for jury duty. Status is updated daily, typically late afternoon.

Criminal/Traffic Jury Trials

December 8, 2022 Jurors do not need to report

December 14, 2022 Jurors must report

December 15, 2022 Jurors must report

Civil Jury Trials

None currently scheduled



Contact Information

Nan Wertz, Jury Administrator
Phone: (419) 289-8137, Ext. 1221
Email: nwertz@ashlandmunicourt.com
Fax: (419) 289-8545

Ashland Municipal Court
1209 East Main Street
Ashland, OH 44805

Phone: (419) 289-8137
Fax: (419) 289-8545

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8 AM-4:30 PM

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