When you are called to be a juror, you become a very important person in our legal system. In the United States, our justice system is based on the belief that a just and fair result in court comes from having disputes settled by our fellow citizens. Very few of us ever have to go to court as plaintiffs or defendants, but when we do, we want good, honest people to listen to the evidence and decide our cases fairly.
Therefore, when we are called to serve on a jury, we have an obligation to our fellow citizens to honor the summons and appear at court. Some cases may be more important than others, but to the parties involved, their case is very important, and they deserve to have it decided by honest and impartial jurors.
If you have been selected as a prospective juror, you will be asked to report to the court at 8:30 a.m. on the date of trial. The Tiffin court is located on the second floor of the Seneca County Justice Center, 103 East Market Street, Suite 201, Tiffin, Ohio. The Fostoria court is located at 213 S. Main Street, Fostoria, OH, on the second floor of the Fostoria Municipal Building.
Please bring your jury summons with you when you appear for jury service, and be sure the address on the summons is correct for the payment of jury service.
As a prospective and/or seated juror you must reside in the territorial jurisdiction of this court. The jury pool is taken from the Seneca County Board of Elections list of registered electors who reside in Seneca County, Ohio excluding Jackson and Loudon Townships and the City of Fostoria.
Please come dressed appropriately for juror service. As the temperature in the courtroom may vary, you may want to bring a sweater or jacket with you.
Do not bring children or anyone else with you. You may spend some time waiting. You may want to bring some reading material with you.
If you need proof that you have served as a prospective and/or seated juror for your employer, you will be given an excuse before entering the courtroom.
Eight jurors and one alternate will be selected as the panel of jurors. At the end of the trial, the alternate juror will be dismissed. The other jurors will be sequestered for deliberations.