Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, citizens summoned for Common Pleas Court petit jury service should NOT report. By order of the Court, jury service is cancelled until May 29, 2020.
If you have been summoned to report during this time period, your service has been cancelled and you do NOT need to report or call the jury office at this time.
If your summons lists a report date of June 1st or AFTER, please report to the courthouse on your specified date for jury duty.
GRAND JURORS – Grand Jury has NOT been cancelled at this time. All Grand Jurors still need to report at their scheduled time.
|Welcome to the Jury Commission web page for the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. This web site has been created for use by prospective jurors, their employers, and the general public to find out about jury service in our court.|
If you are accessing this web site because you have received a jury summons, we sincerely hope that your stay with us will provide you with an enjoyable, interesting, educational, and meaningful experience regarding the law, the courts, and our system of justice. Your service as a juror in our court is crucial to our legal system. Simply put, we cannot function without you! There is no more valuable work that a citizen can perform during peacetime than that of the full and honest discharge of jury duty.
We're sure that you have many questions regarding your jury duty. On your first day of service you will receive an in depth orientation which will address many of these issues. In the meantime, this web site has been created to address many pre-service concerns and also to give you an idea of what jury service is like in the Common Pleas Court.
In case of inclement weather, please call 614-525-8902 to obtain information related to a delay and/or closing for the Court.
FRAUD ALERT!!! JURY DUTY PHONE SCAMS!
Please be aware of jury duty phone scams targeting members of the public. Callers typically claim to be Sherriff’s Deputies or Jury Commission Staff. They will attempt to collect a fine in lieu of being arrested for failing to appear for jury duty. IMPORTANT!!! No employee from the Sherriff’s office or Court will ever contact potential jurors by phone and would never, under any circumstances, request your personal or financial information. If you are called to jury duty, you will receive an official jury summons in the mail. Please hang up on any caller who claims to be a court employee seeking this information. If they leave a message on your voicemail, DO NOT CALL THEM BACK. We urge all members of the public to be aware of such scams and to never reveal confidential information over the telephone.
If you do not find the answers to your questions here or if you wish to speak with a Jury Manager personally, please contact:
Vanita Adkins/Melanie Jenkins
Common Pleas Court Jury Commission
345 South High Street, Suite 1502
Columbus, Ohio 43215
"The American system of trial by jury is unique. No other nation relies so
heavily on ordinary citizens to make its most important
decisions about law, business practice, and personal liberty - even death.
Ideally, Americans take their participation seriously
lest they someday stand before their peers seeking justice."
-Stephen J. Adler, journalist and author