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Prospective Juror Information Forms:

 

The Jury Commission of Crawford County mails prospective juror information forms in late March through April of each year, after conducting a jury draw for the annual jury pool.  This annual jury pool is made up of registered voters of Crawford County who are randomly selected using a computerized selection process.  The courts of the county will utilize the information provided on these information forms for the selection of jurors through the next jury year beginning in September and ending in August of the following year.  If you have received a prospective juror information form and have questions, please click here for answers to some frequently asked questions.

 

 

 

 

Term Jury Summons – Petit Jury:

 

The jury year, which begins in September of each year and ends in August of the following year, is divided into three terms beginning in September, January and May of each jury year.  Approximately one month prior to the start of a new term, a term selection will be completed using the annual jury pool and correspondence, including a jury summons from the Crawford County Sheriff and information from the Court of Common Pleas, will be mailed to each juror selected for that term.  If you have received a term jury summons for the petit jury and have questions, please click here for answers to some frequently asked questions.

 

Term Jury Summons – Grand Jury:

 

The jury year, which begins in September of each year and ends in August of the following year, is divided into three terms beginning in September, January and May of each jury year.  Approximately one month prior to the start of a new term, a term selection will be completed using the annual jury pool and a jury summons from the Crawford County Sheriff will be mailed to each juror selected for that term.  If you have received a term jury summons for the grand jury and have questions, please click here for answers to some frequently asked questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Prospective Juror Information Forms

 

 

 

 

 

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How was my name selected as a prospective juror?

 

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I have received a prospective juror information form for a deceased relative, what should I do?

 

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I have received a prospective juror information form, but have moved from Crawford County, what should I do?

 

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I have received a prospective juror information form for a previous resident, what should I do?

 

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I have received a prospective juror information form for my child, who is a full time college student and not living in Crawford County, what should I do?

 

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I have received a prospective juror information form for my spouse or relative who is no longer competent to serve as a juror due to Dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc., what should I do?

 

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I have received a prospective juror information form at my parent’s address and no longer reside there but do still live in Crawford County, what should I do?

 

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My name has changed and I have received a prospective juror information form addressing me as my old name, what should I do?

 

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None of the questions address my concern, who should I contact?

 

 

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How was my name selected as a prospective juror?

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In Crawford County, prospective jurors are selected using the list of registered voters provided by the Office of the Secretary of State.  The selection process is guided by computer programming and is set up to select individuals randomly from the current voter registration file.  

 

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I have received a prospective juror information form for a deceased relative, what should I do?

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If you have opened the information form, please fill in their name and make note that they are deceased and return the form as instructed so that we may remove this person from the jury list.

 

If you have not opened the information form, please return the correspondence through the mail after writing “Deceased – Return to Sender”, or something of that nature, on the outside of the pocket envelope.  Upon return, the person will be removed from the jury list.

 

We apologize for this mailing.  The form was mailed because the person is still a registered voter in this county and was randomly selected for jury service.  If you wish to have them removed as a registered voter for this county, please contact the Crawford County Board of Elections Office at 419-562-8721.

 

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I have received a prospective juror information form, but have moved from Crawford County, what should I do?

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Complete the name and address sections, answer no to being a current resident of Crawford County, sign and date the form and return it as instructed so that we may remove you from the jury list.

 

The form was mailed because you are still a registered voter in this county and was randomly selected for jury service.  If you wish to be removed as a registered voter for this county, please contact the Crawford County Board of Elections Office at 419-562-8721.

 

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I have received a prospective juror information form for a previous resident, what should I do?

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As you would do for any other piece of mail received at your address that does not belong to an individual currently residing there, write “Not a Resident – Return to Sender”, or something of that nature, on the outside of the pocket envelope and return it through the mail.  Upon receipt, the person will be removed from the jury list.

 

The information was mailed because the person is still a registered voter for this county and the Board of Elections still has your address on file for them.

 

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I have received a prospective juror information form for my child, who is a full time college student and not living in Crawford County, what should I do?

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If your child will be available to complete the information form within the time requested, please have them do so completing the name and address sections, answering no to being a resident of Crawford County, listing occupation as student, listing employer as the name of the college he/she attends, signing, and dating the form then returning it as instructed so that we may remove him/her from our jury list.

 

If your child will not be available to complete the information form within the time requested, you may complete the form for him/her as instructed above.  Please sign your name to the form, print your name, and list your relationship (mother, father, etc.) next to your printed name, then return the form as instructed so that we may remove him/her from our jury list.

 

If you have not opened the information form, you may return it as you would any other piece of mail that is received at your address but does not belong to an individual currently residing there.  Write “Not a Resident – Return to Sender”, or something of that nature, on the outside of the pocket envelope and return it through the mail.  Upon receipt, we will remove your child from our jury list.

 

The form was mailed because your child is still a registered voter in this county and was randomly selected for jury service.  If they wish to be removed as a registered voter for this county, please have them contact the Crawford County Board of Elections Office at 419-562-8721.

 

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I have received a prospective juror information form for my spouse or relative who is no longer competent to serve as a juror due to Dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc., what should I do?

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As their spouse or relative, you may complete the information form for them.  Please be sure to make note of their condition on the form and return it as instructed.  Per Ohio Revised Code Section 2313.16 (A)(4), documentation of the condition from a licensed physician must be provided.  Therefore, it is recommended that such a statement accompany the form to ensure your spouse or relative is excused from jury duty.

 

The form was mailed because your spouse or relative is still a registered voter in this county and was randomly selected for jury service.  If you wish to have them removed as a registered voter for this county, please contact the Crawford County Board of Elections Office at 419-562-8721.

 

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I have received a prospective juror information form at my parent’s address and no longer reside there but do still live in Crawford County, what should I do?

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Complete the information form as requested being sure to note your current address and return it as instructed so that we may correct our jury list to reflect your current address.  Since you are still a resident of Crawford County, you still qualify as a prospective juror.

 

The form was mailed to your parent’s address because your voter registration file at that address is still active.  To correct your voter registration, you should contact the Crawford County Board of Elections Office at 419-562-8721.

 

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My name has changed and I have received a prospective juror information form addressing me as my old name, what should I do?

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Complete the information form as requested being sure to note your current name and return it as instructed so that we may correct our jury list to reflect your new name.  This does not disqualify you as a prospective juror as long as you still reside within Crawford County.

 

The form was mailed to you with your old name because your voter registration file under that name is still active.  To correct your voter registration, you should contact the Crawford County Board of Elections Office at 419-562-8721.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Term Jury Summons – Petit Jury

 

 

 

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What is petit jury service?

 

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I have received a petit jury summons for a deceased relative, what should I do?

 

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I have received a petit jury summons, but have moved from Crawford County, what should I do?

 

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I have received a petit jury summons for a previous resident, what should I do?

 

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I have received a petit jury summons for my child who is a college student and does not currently reside in Crawford County, what should I do?

 

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I have received a petit jury summons for my spouse or relative who is no longer competent to serve as a juror due to Dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc., what should I do?

 

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I have received a petit jury summons at my parent’s address and no longer reside there but do still live in Crawford County, what should I do?

 

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My name has changed and I have received a petit jury summons addressing me as my old name, what should I do?

 

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I have received a petit jury summons and have vacation or a business trip planned during the time of my jury term do I have to reschedule this planned event?

 

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I have received a petit jury summons and feel that I am not up to serving on a jury do to health concerns, what should I do?

 

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I have received a petit jury summons and feel that my employment may be jeopardized if I were to serve as a juror, what should I do?

 

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I have received a petit jury summons and don’t feel that I can financially afford to be off work to serve as a juror, what should I do?

 

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I have received a petit jury summons and am a convicted felon, am I still eligible to serve as a juror on a trial?

 

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When I called the Jury Service Message Line about my group I was told to call the night before I have a scheduled doctor appointment, do I need to reschedule this appointment?

 

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None of these questions address my concern, who should I contact?

 

 

 

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I have received a petit jury summons for a deceased relative, what should I do?

Answer:

Please sign and date the summons, noting your relationship to the deceased individual.  Make note on the summons that they are deceased and return the signed summons and blank questionnaire in the return envelope provided.  Upon receipt, they will be removed from the active petit jury list.

 

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I have received a petit jury summons, but have moved from Crawford County, what should I do?

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Sign and date the summons, making note that you are no longer a resident of Crawford County.  Complete the questionnaire through the question that asks if you are a resident of Crawford County being sure to complete that question.  Then return the signed summons and questionnaire in the envelope provided.  Since eligible jurors for Crawford County must reside within the county, upon receipt of the summons, you will be removed from the active petit jury list.

 

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I have received a petit jury summons for a previous resident, what should I do?

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As you would do for any piece of mail received at your address that does not belong to an individual currently residing there, write “Not a Resident – Return to Sender”, or something of that nature on the front of the envelope and return it through the mail.  Upon receipt, the person will be removed from the active petit jury list.

 

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I have received a petit jury summons for my child who is a college student and does not currently reside in Crawford County, what should I do?

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If your child will be available to sign the summons and complete the questionnaire within the time requested, please have them do so.  Sign and date the summons, making note that he/she is attending college and where.  Please complete the name and address sections, answering no to being a resident of Crawford County, listing occupation as student, and listing employer as the name of the college he/she attends.  Then, return the summons and questionnaire in the envelope provided.  Upon receipt, your child, if attending college and unavailable during the jury term, will be removed as an active participant for the term. 

 

If your child will not be available to sign the summons and complete the questionnaire within the time requested, you may do this for him/her following the instructions above.  Please sign your name, print your name, and list your relationship (mother, father, etc.) next to your printed name, where applicable.  Upon receipt, your child, if attending college and unavailable during the jury term, will be removed as an active participant for the term.

 

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I have received a petit jury summons for my spouse or relative who is no longer competent to serve as a juror due to Dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc., what should I do?

Answer:

As their spouse or relative, you may sign and date the summons, noting your relationship to them.  Make note of their condition and inability to serve as a juror on the summons.  Return the signed summons and blank questionnaire in the return envelope provided.  Per Ohio Revised Code Section 2313.16 (A)(4), documentation of the condition from a licensed physician must be provided to the Court.  Therefore, it is recommended that such a statement be included when returning the paperwork to the Court.  This will ensure that upon receipt, your spouse or relative will be removed from the active petit jury list.

 

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I have received a petit jury summons at my parent’s address and no longer reside there but do still live in Crawford County, what should I do?

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Since you are still a resident of Crawford County, you are eligible to serve as a petit juror.  Please sign and date the summons.  Be sure to make note of your new address on the summons.  Complete the questionnaire using your current information and return it and the signed summons in the return envelope provided.  Upon receipt, we will correct your address to ensure that your future jury correspondence is mailed to the correct address. 

 

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My name has changed and I have received a petit jury summons addressing me as my old name, what should I do?

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Please sign and date the summons.  Be sure to print your new name on the summons.  Complete the questionnaire using your new name and return it with the signed summons in the return envelope provided.  Upon receipt, we will correct your name to ensure that your future jury correspondence reflects this change.

 

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I have received a petit jury summons and have vacation or a business trip planned during the time of my jury term do I have to reschedule this planned event?

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No.  When returning your signed summons and completed questionnaire, please include on a separate piece of paper your name and the dates, being specific to list month and day, of your planned trip.  Upon receipt, this information will be noted in the computer file to ensure you are excused from serving as a petit juror during that time.

 

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I have received a petit jury summons and feel that I am not up to serving on a jury do to health concerns, what should I do?

Answer:

Please sign and date the summons and complete the questionnaire.  If you wish to be excused from jury duty due to health concerns, documentation of your condition from a licensed physician must be provided to the Court per Ohio Revised Code Section 2313.16 (A)(4).  Mail this documentation with your signed summons and completed questionnaire using the return envelope provided.  Upon receipt, your request will be forwarded to the judge for consideration.  After the judge has made a decision, you will be notified by mail regarding your request to be excused.

 

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I have received a petit jury summons and feel that my employment may be jeopardized if I were to serve as a juror, what should I do?

Answer:

Please be aware that you are protected by Ohio Revised Code 2313.18, which prohibits an employer from discharging or threatening to discharge any permanent employee summoned to serve as a juror if that employee gives reasonable notice of their summons prior to being absent from work for service as a juror.  It also states “Whoever violates…shall be punished as for a contempt of court”.

 

You should speak with your employer about being selected for petit jury service.  Many of the organizations, companies and small businesses in this county are very supportive of their employees participating in this civic duty.

 

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I have received a petit jury summons and don’t feel that I can financially afford to be off work to serve as a juror, what should I do?

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Jury trials in the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas can last from one to five days, and sometimes longer on very rare occasions.  In general, most trials are scheduled for two days.  You are compensated by the court $30.00 per day for your services as a juror, when you report.  You can expect to receive your payment via mail in the form of a check no later than three weeks from the conclusion date of the trial. 

 

Please talk with your employer about being selected as a petit juror and the possibility of being selected to serve on a jury trial.  Many of the organizations, companies and small businesses in this county are very supportive of their employees participating in this civic duty and already have policies in place regarding their employees serving as jurors.

 

If after speaking with your employer regarding their policies; taking into account the monetary compensation you will receive from the court; and keeping in mind the knowledge you will gain of our legal system as well as the feeling of having fulfilled a civic duty after having served on a trial jury, you feel that a severe financial hardship would result in serving as a juror, you must request to be excused from jury service in written form.  Please compose a letter addressed to Judge Wiseman stating that fully the reasons you feel serving as a juror will result in a severe financial hardship.  Mail your letter with your signed and dated summons and completed questionnaire in the return envelope provided. 

Upon receipt, your letter will be forwarded to the judge for consideration.  After the judge has made his decision, you will be notified by mail regarding your request to be excused.

 

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I have received a petit jury summons and am a convicted felon, am I still eligible to serve as a juror on a trial?

Answer:

If you have been released from your parole or probation with all of your rights restored, yes, you are eligible to serve as a juror on a trial.  Please signed and date the summons, complete the questionnaire, and return the paperwork in the envelope provided. 

 

If you have not been release with rights restored, you are not eligible to serve as a petit juror.  Please sign and date the summons, complete the questionnaire, and return the paperwork in the envelope provided.  Upon receipt, your record will be reviewed by the court and if appropriate, you will be removed from the eligible list of petit jurors from the term in which you were selected.

 

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When I called the Jury Service Message Line about my group I was told to call the night before I have a scheduled doctor appointment, do I need to reschedule this appointment?

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No.  If you have already made the court aware of this date as a date you are not available for jury service, you may consider yourself to be excused from service for that jury trial.  If the court is not aware of this appointment, please contact Evelyn Gubernath at 419-562-5771, extension 1146 so that you are marked as unavailable for service for that jury trial.  It is imperative that you still check the status of your jury group as instructed.  If the message verifies the need for your group to report, please disregard.  In this event, your obligation as a member of that group will conclude.  If your services are needed prior to the end of the jury term, you will be informed by mail of your new jury group and date to appear.  If the message forwards your group to call on a future date, please follow through with those instructions.

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Term Jury Summons – Grand Jury

 

 

 

 

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What is grand jury service?

 

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I have received a grand jury summons for a deceased relative, what should I do?

 

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I have received a grand jury summons, but have moved from Crawford County, what should I do?

 

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I have received a grand jury summons for a previous resident, what should I do?

 

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I have received a grand jury summons for my child who is a college student and does not currently reside in Crawford County, what should I do?

 

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I have received a grand jury summons for my spouse or relative who is no longer competent to serve as a juror due to Dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc., what should I do?

 

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I have received a grand jury summons at my parent’s address and no longer reside there but do still live in Crawford County, what should I do?

 

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My name has changed and I have received a grand jury summons addressing me as my old name, what should I do?

 

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I have received a grand jury summons and feel that I am not up to serving as a grand juror do to health concerns, what should I do?

 

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I have received a grand jury summons and feel that my employment may be jeopardized if I were to serve as a juror, what should I do?

 

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I have received a grand jury summons and don’t feel that I can financially afford to be off work to serve as a juror, what should I do?

 

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I have received a grand jury summons and am a convicted felon, am I still eligible to serve as a grand juror?

 

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None of these questions address my concern, who should I contact?

 

 

 

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I have received a grand jury summons for a deceased relative, what should I do?

Answer:

Please sign and date the summons, noting your relationship to the deceased individual.  Make note on the summons that they are deceased and return the summons in the return envelope provided.  Upon receipt, they will be removed from the active grand jury list.

 

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I have received a grand jury summons, but have moved from Crawford County, what should I do?

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Sign and date the summons, making note that you are no longer a resident of Crawford County and return the summons in the return envelope provided.  Since eligible jurors for Crawford County must reside within the county, upon receipt of the summons, you will be removed from the active grand jury list.

 

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I have received a grand jury summons for a previous resident, what should I do?

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As you would do for any piece of mail received at your address that does not belong to an individual currently residing there, write “Not a Resident – Return to Sender”, or something of that nature on the front of the envelope and return it through the mail.  Upon receipt, the person will be removed from the active grand jury list.

 

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I have received a grand jury summons for my child who is a college student and does not currently reside in Crawford County, what should I do?

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If your child will be available to sign the summons within the time requested, please have them do so making note that he/she is a full time student living outside of the county.  Please make note of the name of the college he/she attends and its location.  Return the summons in the envelope provided.  Upon receipt, your child, if attending college and unavailable during the jury term, will be removed from the jury list for the term.

 

If your child will not be available to sign the summons within the time requested, you may do this for him/her following the instructions above.  Please sign your name, print your name, and list your relationship (mother, father, etc.) next to your printed name.  Upon receipt, your child, if attending college and unavailable during the jury term, will be removed from the jury list for the term.

 

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I have received a grand jury summons for my spouse or relative who is no longer competent to serve as a juror due to Dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc., what should I do?

Answer:

As their spouse or relative, you may sign and date the summons, noting your relationship to them.  Make note of their condition and inability to serve as a juror on the summons.  Return the signed summons in the return envelope provided.  Per Ohio Revised Code Section 2313.16 (A)(4), documentation of the condition from a licensed physician must be provided to the Court.  Therefore, it is recommended that such a statement be included when returning the paperwork to the Court.  This will ensure that upon receipt, your spouse or relative will be removed from the active petit jury list.

 

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I have received a grand jury summons at my parent’s address and no longer reside there but do still live in Crawford County, what should I do?

Answer:

Since you are still a resident of Crawford County, you are eligible to serve as a grand juror.  Please sign and date the summons.  Be sure to make note of your new address on the summons and return it in the return envelope provided.  Upon receipt, we will correct your address to ensure that your future jury correspondence is mailed to the correct address.

 

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My name has changed and I have received a grand jury summons addressing me as my old name, what should I do?

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Please sign and date the summons.  Be sure to make note of your new name on the summons and return it in the return envelope provided.  Upon receipt, we will correct your name to ensure that your future jury correspondence reflect this change.

 

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I have received a grand jury summons and feel that I am not up to serving as a grand juror do to health concerns, what should I do?

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Please sign and date the summons.  If you wish to be excused from jury duty due to health concerns, documentation of your condition from a licensed physician must be provided to the Court per Ohio Revised Code Section 2313.16 (A)(4).  Mail this documentation with your signed summons using the return envelope provided.  Upon receipt, your request will be forwarded to the judge for consideration.  After the judge has made a decision, you will be notified by mail regarding your request to be excused.

 

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I have received a grand jury summons and feel that my employment may be jeopardized if I were to serve as a juror, what should I do?

Answer:

Please be aware that you are protected by Ohio Revised Code 2313.18, which prohibits an employer from discharging or threatening to discharge any permanent employee summoned to serve as a juror if that employee gives reasonable notice of their summons prior to being absent from work for service as a juror.  It also states “Whoever violates…shall be punished as for a contempt of court”.

 

You should speak with your employer about being selected for grand jury service.  Many of the organizations, companies and small businesses in this county are very supportive of their employees participating in this civic duty.

 

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I have received a grand jury summons and don’t feel that I can financially afford to be off work to serve as a juror, what should I do?

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Grand jury meets once a month on the second Monday of each month, unless otherwise specified.  It could arise that a “Special Grand Jury Session” is required during your term, which would require you to report an additional day throughout a month of your term.  Generally, sessions last through the morning and conclude in the early afternoon, however, it is recommended that you allow for an entire day of service.  When reporting for service, you are compensated by the court $30.00 per day for your services as a grand juror and can expect to receive your payment via mail in the form of a check no later than three weeks upon the close of the last session of the grand jury term.

 

Please talk with your employer about being selected as a grand juror and the possibility of being selected to sit on grand jury for the duration of the four-month term.  Many of the organizations, companies and small businesses in this county are very supportive of their employees participating in this civic duty and already have policies in place regarding their employees serving as jurors.

 

If after speaking with your employer regarding their policies; taking into account the time expected of grand jurors; factoring in the monetary compensation you will receive from the court; keeping in mind the knowledge you will gain of our legal system; and thinking of the feeling of having fulfilled a civic duty after having served as a grand juror you still feel that a severe financial hardship would result in serving as a grand juror, you must request to be excused from jury service in written form.  Please compose a letter addressed to Judge Wiseman stating that you feel you cannot financially afford to serve as a juror.  Sign and date the summons and return it along with your letter, in the return envelope provided.  Upon receipt, your letter will be forwarded to the judge for consideration.  After the judge has made his decision, you will be notified by mail regarding your request to be excused.

 

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I have received a grand jury summons and am a convicted felon, am I still eligible to serve as a grand juror?

Answer:

If you have been released from your parole or probation with all of your rights restored, yes, you are eligible to serve as a grand juror.  Please sign and date the summons and return it in the envelope provided.

 

If you have not been release with rights restored, you are not eligible to serve as a grand juror.  Please sign and date the summons, make note that you are a convicted felon not yet released with rights restored, and return the summons in the envelope provided.  Upon receipt, your record will be reviewed by the court and if appropriate, you will be removed from the eligible list of grand jurors from the term in which you were selected.

 

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None of these questions address my concern, who should I contact?

Answer:

You may contact Evelyn Gubernath with the Crawford County Common Pleas Court at 419-562-5771, extension 1146.  Office hours are Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., excluding observed holidays.

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