Jury Summons / Questionnaire
Each perspective juror will receive a juror questionnaire at the beginning of his or her service. The questionnaire should be sent back immediately to the Court. At that time if you have a doctor’s excuse please submit it. Along with the summons will be an excuse form, if you do need to be excused for that particular case you need to fill out the excuse immediately and bring it up to the clerk’s office. The Judge is the only person that can excuse you once you are selected for a particular case. Each juror is required to phone the office on Wednesday or Thursday afternoon after 5:30p.m. (419-429-7361) to see if the trial is still scheduled.
Each juror that appears for a particular jury trial will receive $15.00 per day. This voucher will be sent to you from the City of Findlay Auditors Office approximately one (1) month after you appear.
Please use your own judgment, but be comfortable. Tank tops and midriff tops are inappropriate attire.
Questions About Your Jury Service
If you have any questions, please contact the Jury Clerk, 419-429-7361. If mailing any documents please send them to the Findlay Municipal Court, P.O. Box 826, Findlay, Ohio 45839.
Postponing Your Jury Service
If you are unable to serve as a juror, please submit your jury excuse immediately. The Judge is the only person who can excuse you.
Court Location and Parking
The Findlay Municipal Court is located at 318 Dorney Plaza, Municipal Building Room 206. The court is in the same building as the Police Department, on the 2nd floor. Parking is available off of W. Crawford St. Report to the Clerks Office in Room 206 and they will direct you to the Courtroom.
The Judge will excuse you for lunch. You will have comfort breaks during the trial. The court provides coffee and soft drinks.
Importance of Jury Service
Trial by jury is one of the most important rights, which Americans enjoy and is unique to our system of justice. Trial by jury is guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the State of Ohio. To be called upon to serve, as a juror is one of the most important civic duties you may ever perform.
About Jury Duty
Juries are summoned three weeks before they are called for trial. Jurors are typically required to serve on a Thursday or Friday. In general a single trial lasts no more than one day.
Jurors should call 419-429-7361 after 5:30 p.m. the evening before your scheduled date and listen to a pre-recorded message explaining whether or not trials will be proceeding the next day. On occasion, all trials scheduled for the following day are settled before trial and then jurors are not required to report at all. Using the jury line avoids unnecessary trips to the Court. If you have questions regarding jury duty please call 419-429-7361 and ask to speak with the Jury Clerk.
Reporting for Jury Duty
Jurors report at 8:45 a.m. to the Findlay Municipal Court located off Crawford Street in Room 206 of the Municipal Building. Attached to your summons is your parking permit; if your trial is scheduled please place it in the front window of your car. You will report to Room 206 and check in with the Jury Clerk you will then be directed to the appropriate location to wait until called for trial. Jurors will then be escorted to the Courtroom when the trial is ready to begin.