Juror Q&A


Who may be called to serve as a juror?

     You may be called to serve if you are at least 18 years old, a United States citizen and a resident of Hamilton County.  In addition, you must have a reasonable knowledge of English and be physically and mentally capable of serving.


How did my name get selected for jury duty?

     Jurors' names are selected at random by a computer from a list of registered voters provided by the Board of Elections.

How long will I be required to serve?

     Normal length of service is for  two weeks.  However, if you are not serving on a jury in progress, you will call a recording each night for reporting instructions for the next day.  If your services are not required, it is recommended that you report to work.


Do I get paid for jury duty?

     You will receive a fee of $19.00 for each day that you are required to attend.  Work statements for your company indicating the days that you served as a juror and the amount paid will be furnished upon request.

What should I wear for jury duty?

     Wear comfortable clothing that enhances the dignity of the Court and emphasizes the seriousness of your responsibility.  Shorts, hats, tank tops, tee-shirts, sweatsuits, or other such informal attire is not considered appropriate in the courtroom.

What hours will I serve?

     Normal business hours at the Courthouse are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  On days that you report for jury service, you can expect to be there during its normal hours.  If not selected for a jury, you may be able to leave early.  Jurors will be given a lunch break and may be given other breaks during a trial.  On occasion, a trial will continue beyond the normal working hours.  If this happens, you may need to arrange your schedule to allow you to stay longer.

Is it possible that I might report for jury service but not sit on a jury?

     Yes, The parties involved in a case generally seek to settle their differences and avoid the expense and time of a trial.  Sometimes the case is settled just a few moments before the trial begins.  Though many trials are scheduled daily, the Court doesn't know until that morning how many will actually go to trial.  But your time spent waiting is not wasted.  Your presence encourages settlement.