Common Pleas Court, General Division
Fairfield County, Ohio
Fairfield County Common Pleas, Lancaster, Ohio.
Common Pleas Court: Reporting Info Petit Jurors
Your reporting dates and your juror number are indicated on the jury summons which was included in your juror packet. Your reporting time is 9:00 a.m. You need to bring a valid driverís license or a picture I.D. with you when reporting.
Starting with your first reporting date, you are on call for a period of three weeks. If you are seated on a jury panel, you will be required to appear for jury duty that day and each day thereafter until the trial is concluded. The length of each trial varies from two (2) days to several weeks, but most trials are usually two (2) to three (3) days. Trials typically begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Please keep this in mind when you are scheduling around your report dates.
To determine whether you need to report on your scheduled date, please call the Jury Service number at (740) 652-7433 or (614) 322-5275 after 4:30 p.m. the day before your reporting date. If Monday is a holiday, the jury message can be accessed beginning after 4:30 p.m. on the previous Friday. You will be able to access the message the entire weekend until Tuesday morning.
To be eligible to serve for jury duty, you must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States and a resident of the county in which you are called to serve. You do not need any special skills, training or legal knowledge to be a juror. You do need to be able to listen carefully, follow instructions, keep an open mind and be willing to make a decision free from personal feelings or biases.
You will receive a jury questionnaire in your juror packet. The questionnaire must be completed front and back before mailing it to the Jury Manager. Please return your completed questionnaire within five (5) days of receiving it. Remember to include your contact information on the front of the questionnaire should the Court need to reach you. Also, please do not fax your questionnaire as we do need the original. Your questionnaire will be reviewed by the Jury Manager, the Court and trial attorneys.
If you know of days during your scheduled term of service when you cannot be present for jury service (i.e. a business trip or a vacation), you must notify the Jury Manager in writing and secure a temporary excuse from reporting on a designated date. Please forward your request along with your completed questionnaire.
Compensation varies between counties and is set by the Board of Commissioners. In Fairfield County, jurors receive $30.00 for each day that they report for jury service. Jurors are paid regardless of whether or not they are selected to serve as a juror on a trial. A check will be mailed two (2) to three (3) weeks after the completion of your jury service.
Court Location and Parking
The Fairfield County Common Pleas Court, General Division is located on the second floor of the Hall of Justice at 224 East Main Street in Lancaster. When reporting for jury duty, please arrive with ample time to find parking. The parking directly in front of the Hall of Justice is limited to a half hour and is strictly enforced. The Court recommends parking at the beginning of the next block, on side streets, or in the public parking lot directly across from the Hall of Justice. Directions can be found here.
Questions About Your Jury Service
If you have any questions regarding your jury service, please contact Kelly Starkey, Jury Manager, at (740) 652-7433 or (614) 322-5275, Monday thru Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. You may also e-mail Ms. Starkey at firstname.lastname@example.org. If mailing any documents, please send to Kelly Starkey, Jury Manager, Hall of Justice, 224 East Main Street, Room 102, Lancaster, Ohio 43130.
• Juror Information Forms
• Frequently Asked Juror Questions