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General Information for Trial Jurors

If you have been summoned to the Franklin County Municipal Court, this information will be helpful to you. This section is dedicated to providing information for those that will serve as trial jurors. If you don't find the specific answers to your questions, you can call the Jury Commission at (614) 645-7726. (Often time our public line is busy due to the high volume of calls received, please try back later if you find this to be the case.)

First, you should take the time to read all the information on your summons. That information was closely scrutinized to ensure it is pertinent to your service in this court. Most of the information is relevant to your first day with the court. For instance, you are required to report at 10:15 am and that is so you will be present for all the information given during the orientation. (The orientation has been designed based on feedback from jurors who have served prior to you, so the questions you have right now will probably be answered.) Starting your second day, you can report anytime between 8:00 and 10:30. This will make traffic and parking much easier to deal with. If you have serious conflicts, you may request a 1:30 reporting time to start after your first day (this will be at the discretion of the Jury Commissioner). There will be time to arrange this after lunch on your first day. The Jury Commissioner's office is right in the jury assembly room, so you have quick access for questions.

You will be able to watch actual trial courts in session starting your second day. This will take place between 10:30 (approx) and 11:50 each day. If you are impaneled (sworn) on a case you will not be able to watch courtrooms during the course of the trial. There are several tours scheduled for every group that reports for service.

  • The Supreme Court of Ohio
  • The Statehouse
  • The Franklin County Jail - only after Jury Service is complete