Information for Employers
For our jury system to work, it is essential that the court and employers work in partnership to ensure that all Franklin 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 Franklin 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:
- Environmental issues
- Product defects
- Wrongful termination
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.
How Employers can Help
How Jurors are Summoned
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. Regular jury service in the Court of Common Pleas is one week of jury pool service or, if selected, the duration of one jury trial. Most jury trials are completed in 3 to 5 business days.