For our jury system to work, it is essential that the court and employers work in partnership to ensure that all Montgomery County residents are available to serve jury duty when summoned. Without cooperation from the local business community, we risk losing a fundamental principle upon which we, private and corporate citizens alike, depend. Cooperation from employers is essential to maintaining a strong jury system. The importance of your participation cannot be emphasized enough. We wish to extend our deepest appreciation to public and private employers in the Montgomery County community for supporting our jury system!
Benefits to Business
Businesses frequently benefit directly from our legal system. The civil litigation system in particular is filled with a variety of business-related disputes. These may include actions concerning contracts, product defects, wrongful termination, malpractice, and environmental issues.
How Employers Can Help
Employers and businesses are encouraged to help support the jury system by paying employees while they are serving jury duty. Far too many potential jurors who want to serve have asked to be excused because the loss of income would create a financial hardship. If together, we can decrease the number of people claiming financial hardship, we create a much broader cross section of the community who are available to serve. This will help create juries that are truly representative and reflective of our community. By agreeing to compensate employees during jury service, not only will employers continue to enjoy the benefits of the jury system, but they will contribute towards its improvement.
How Jurors are Summoned
The selection and management of jurors is governed by the Ohio Revised Code. Annually, prospective jurors are selected at random from the lists of registered voters, BMV drivers, and State IDs in Montgomery County. Jury Summonses are mailed approximately three weeks in advance of the on call date.
Length of Service
Employers have valid concerns about how jury service affects their available resources. The court recognizes these concerns and we strive to make the best use of the time an employee spends on jury duty. Petit jury service in the Court of Common Pleas is five (5) days of on call service or, if selected, the duration of one (1) jury trial. Most jury trials are completed in 2-3 business days.
State Law does not currently require employers to continue paying the salary of employees while they are serving as jurors. However, many employers including state, federal, and local government agencies, have a policy which compensates employees for at least part, if not all the time spent for jury service. Employers are obligated to let their employee serve when they are called. The court does not excuse prospective jurors based on a work or employer hardship. A postponement of the service will be granted to allow additional time to prepare for the employees absence.
Proof of Attendance
Work verifications will be provided for each juror upon completion of their jury service. The information included on this letter includes the total number of days the juror reported for service (each day is listed individually) and general per diem information which applies to all jurors who complete their term of service. The hours that a juror spent in court are not reported as we do not keep track of this information.
As the employer, you must allow an employee time off to serve on jury duty. It is against the law for any employer to threaten or terminate an employee who is summoned to court for jury service.