Common Pleas Court, General Division
Fairfield County, Ohio
Fairfield County Common Pleas, Lancaster, Ohio.
Common Pleas Court: FAQ Juror Information
Q: I received a jury summons in the mail. What do I do?
A: Please take the time to read all of the paperwork included in your juror packet. The most common questions and concerns jurors have will be easily addressed through the information included in your packet. If after reading through the paperwork and/or our web site and you still have questions, please do not hesitate to call the Jury Manager at (740) 652-7433 or (614) 322-5275.
Q: How did my name get selected for jury duty?
A: Your name and address were obtained from the list of registered voters in Fairfield County, which was provided by the Board of Elections. The drawing of prospective jurors is performed according to statutory guidelines, which assures a random selection of a fair cross section of the community. Being a registered voter is NOT a pre-requisite to serving. Your voting record has nothing to do with your ability to be selected. It is the only source list that is used to obtain jurors’ names in Fairfield County.
Q: Do I have to respond to the jury summons?
A: Yes. Your jury summons is an official court order. If anyone fails to report for jury duty without a lawful excuse from the court, they may be brought before the court for possible contempt of court proceedings. If found in contempt by the judge, the judge may impose a fine and/or other punishment as provided by Ohio law.
Q: May I postpone or defer my reporting dates?
A: A temporary deferral of jury duty can be granted under certain circumstances. If jury service at this time presents a hardship, you must submit a request in writing to the jury manager. You must submit your request for deferral as early as possible following receipt of your summons for jury duty. Please submit your request along with your completed questionnaire.
Q: What do I do if I have a conflict that arises during my jury service?
A: Please contact Kelly Starkey, Jury Manager at (740) 652-7433 or (614) 322-5275 and advise her of your conflict. She will answer your questions and inform the Court.
Q: I received a jury summons for Fairfield County, and I no longer live in Fairfield County. What do I do?
A: To be eligible to serve in Fairfield County, you must reside in Fairfield County. If you have moved from Fairfield County, please complete the appropriate section of your juror excuse form. Please forward it to the Court in the envelope provided in your juror packet. In the meantime, you may want to contact the Fairfield County Board of Elections to make sure they know that you moved outside of the county. Otherwise, you could continue to be called for jury service in Fairfield County.
Q: I received a jury summons for a deceased family member. What should I do?
A: The Court apologizes for any undue hardship this has caused. Please mark on the summons “DECEASED” and return it to the Court. We will take the name out of our system. The Court will forward this information to the Board of Elections. Otherwise, the name will remain on the records at the Board of Elections, allowing the Court to have access to the name each year.
Q: I received a jury summons for the previous resident of my home. What should I do?
A: You should treat the summons as you would any other piece of mail that does not belong to you. Simply write “NOT AT THIS ADDRESS - RETURN TO SENDER” on the outside of the envelope and put it back in the mail. We will process it as an undelivered summons.
Q: I have been called several times for jury duty and yet I know a lot of people who have never been called. Why?
A: The drawing of prospective jurors each year is a random process. Due to the random process, some people are called more than once when others have not been called at all. You may be interested to know that about 90% of the people who report for jury duty have never served as a juror.
Q: What should I wear to jury duty?
A: You should use good judgment and report for jury duty appropriately dressed. Since you may be sitting in place for a considerable length of time, you should dress comfortably.