Jury Service General Information
Length of Service:
As a petit juror, you are on call for one week or service on one entire trial. While it may require some adjustments of your normal schedule to serve as a juror, we make it convenient for you to check on your juror status online or through a recorded message service. Please call (419)424-7002 after 5:00 p.m Friday, or anytime on Saturday or Sunday before the date on the summons to determine if you need to report.
Your Jury Summons/Questionnaire:
You will receive your jury summons/questionnaire in the mail approximately two (2) weeks prior to your term of service. You are to return your questionnaire within one week. You are to retain the top portion of the form (which is the actual jury summons), and bring it with you when you report to court.
Compensation varies between counties and is set by the Board of County Commissioners. In Hancock County, jurors receive $10.00 for appearing the first day. If you are seated and serve as a petit juror, you will receive $20.00 for each subsequent day of service. You should receive your payment in the mail two to three weeks after your appearance. Your employer is required to give you time off from work to serve jury duty. Check with your personnel department to find out what your company policy is regarding Jury Duty Pay. Failure to appear as ordered may subject you to Contempt of Court (O.R.C. 2313.29 and 2313.30).
Please use good judgment and report for jury duty properly dressed. Shorts, mini-skirts, tee shirts and tank tops are not appropriate attire.
You may park anywhere in the downtown area. Please place the provided parking pass on the dash of your car. In the event that you receive a parking ticket, it may be returned to the Court.
To maintain proper security, all persons entering the courthouse (including courthouse employees) may be subject to search and screening. Bags, cases, and parcels may be searched.
Questions About Your Jury Service:
If you have any questions regarding your service, please call the Court Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at (419) 424-7005.