Please take the time to thoroughly read the summons. It contains a great deal of information that may be helpful to you. Once you have read it, please fill out the questionnaire that was included to the fullest extent possible and mail it back to the court using the enclosed envelope as soon as possible.
In Warren County Court, jurors are selected for a 3-month term of service. You may be called to serve at any time during that term. You may also be called more than once during your term. It is also possible that your services will not be needed at all during your term.
You will be notified approximately 2 weeks in advance, by a separate notice from this court, of the time and dates your services will be required.
No. You will be notified as to the dates you are needed and given instructions on when to call and what phone number to use. You can also see the "Call-In Instructions for Potential Jurors" portion of this website.
All requests to be excused must be put in writing and include your name and juror ID number. At the Judge’s discretion, you may be excused for previously scheduled vacation times or other dates that you will be out of town, but you will only be excused for those dates - you may still be required to serve during your 3-month term. The court attempts to grant excused absences for any previously scheduled medical appointments or other medical emergencies. All requests for excusal will be reviewed by the Judge. The court attempts to notify all excused jurors, but you should contact the court if you have requested to be excused and not yet been notified of the Judge's decision. Please allow 1-2 weeks after you have filed your request for processing.
Please put the date and other necessary information (including juror ID) in writing and file it with the court. See above question for the process.
Please fill out the questionnaire and include your new address. You may write on the back of the questionnaire that you have moved, and then mail it back to the court using the enclosed envelope. The court must have this information in writing.
If you move out of the county in the middle of your term, the court also needs that information in writing.
We apologize for any undue hardship this has caused. Please mark the outside of the summons "Deceased" and "Return to Sender" and put it back in the mail. We do not remove names from the system; you will need to contact the Board of Elections to do so.
Please treat the summons as you would any other piece of mail that does not belong to you. Mark the outside "Return to Sender - Not at this address" and put it back in the mail.
They will be excused from jury duty. Please attach a note to the summons explaining the situation and return it to the clerk's office.
Please wear comfortable clothing that also reflects the seriousness of your responsibility. Business-casual attire is encouraged. Shorts, mini-skirts, tank tops, shirts with suggestive language or logos, and hats are all considered to be inappropriate attire for the courtroom. The temperatures from the jury room and the courtroom may vary, so you may bring a sweater or jacket with you.
Unfortunately, it is not that simple. State law requires that all prospective jurors be selected at random using the source listed.
Yes. Your jury summons is an official court order. If anyone fails to report for jury duty without a lawful excuse from the court, they may be brought before the court for contempt of court proceedings.
Without jurors, the jury system cannot work the way the Constitution intended it to. We realize the sacrifice we are asking you to make and understand that you may be apprehensive about serving. However, the majority of people say they find the experience rewarding and wouldn't mind doing it again.
The clerk's office has notices which indicate that you have or have not been selected for service and they are available to you upon completion of the days hearing. You must request this form from the clerk's office; it is not automatically provided.
Yes. The clerk's office phone number is (513) 695-1370. You may leave this number with family, school, childcare providers, etc. in the event that an emergency should arise during your service. If you are in trial, we will get a message to you in the courtroom in the event of an emergency only. No other messages will be taken.
When you arrive, please go to the clerk's office and check in. Shortly after your arrival, the deputy on duty will open the courtroom doors and you will be allowed to enter. From there, the trial process begins.
The court has the responsibility to examine jurors under oath or affirmation as to the individual juror's qualifications to serve. The judge will ask all jurors questions and will permit both the plaintiff and defendant to ask questions of the jurors. Jurors may ask questions of the judge or either party regarding their responsibilities as juror.
The court and opposing parties seek a jury who will be impartial and have open minds. Your honest answer to each question is extremely important. The court and opposing parties will select jurors who will hear the case. No prospective juror shall fail to answer any legal and pertinent question posed to the prospective juror by the court.
If any question is asked that you would prefer not to answer in front of the entire jury pool, you may ask the court to answer privately on the record.
It would be difficult to personally notify all jurors who have been excused due to the number of jurors summoned. Please contact the court with any questions regarding whether you have been excused.