Do I have to respond to the jury summons?

To answer your question directly, 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 court may impose a fine and/or other punishment as provided by Ohio law.

Indirectly, let us say this. Without jurors, the jury system cannot work the way the authors of the Constitution of the United States wanted it to. We realize the sacrifice that we are asking you to make. We also understand that you may be apprehensive about being called to serve. However, the overwhelming majority of people who serve find the experience to be highly rewarding.

When asked, most people say they wouldn’t mind to do it again sometime in the future. Jury duty for most people will mean a substantial, though temporary, change to your everyday life, rearranging schedules and missing work. But if you were ever involved in a dispute or charged with a criminal offense, wouldn’t you want someone just like you to make those same sacrifices in order to be a part of your jury?

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1. What happens when I report for jury duty?
2. What if my employer requires me to turn in a statement that verifies my attendance to jury duty?
3. Do I have to respond to the jury summons?
4. What hours will I serve?
5. I've been called several times for jury duty and yet I know a lot of people who have never been called. Why?
6. I received a jury summons for the previous resident of my home. What should I do?
7. I got a jury summons for a deceased family member. What should I do?
8. What kinds of cases will I be involved in?
9. How did my name get selected for jury duty?
10. I meet the eligibility requirements for serving as a juror but am I really "qualified" to serve?
11. I got a jury summons in the mail. What do I do?
12. Can I volunteer for jury service or send someone in my place if I am unable serve?
13. Is it possible that I might report for jury duty but never get to sit on a jury?
14. I've heard that there's a lot of "hurry up and wait" involved with jury duty. What can I do while I'm waiting?
15. Will my family be able to contact me at the courthouse in the event of an emergency?
16. I got a jury summons for Franklin County and I no longer live in Franklin County. What do I do?