Information for Prospective Jurors
Jury duty is both a Constitutional right and a Civic Duty. Our system was founded with several guarantees for all people, among them the right to a trial by jury. The highest courts in Federal and State governments have interpreted those guarantees to provide for inclusion of all people who qualify for jury duty to participate, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, sexual preference, religion and, in most instances, age and persons with disabilities.
Your right to participate as a juror is protected. The parties have the right to have jurors who represent a fair cross-section of the community, and no one may discriminate against members of protected classes of people.
You received a questionnaire from the Court. If you have not filled it out, please do so immediately and return it to the Court at 201 Willipie Street, Room 207, Wapakoneta, OH 45895 to the attention of Mrs. Karen Rowland. If you have lost your questionnaire, please download or print a copy of the appropriate form to complete, and then send it to Mrs. Rowland.
Click on the forms below to download a PDF version.
Information for selected jurors.
Jurors are selected in Auglaize County from the list of registered voters, with persons in each precinct having an equal chance of being selected. If selected, you have a legal obligation to serve, and can only be excused as a prospective juror for certain limited reasons: (See R.C. 2313.14.)
- That the interests of the public will be materially injured by the juror’s attendance;
- That the juror’s spouse or a near relative of the juror or juror’s spouse has recently died or is dangerously ill;
- The juror is a cloistered member of a religious organization;
- The prospective juror has a mental or physical condition that causes the juror to be incapable of performing juror service. The court may require the juror to provide documentation from a doctor verifying this disability;
- That jury service would cause undue or extreme physical of financial hardship to the juror or to a person under the care or supervision of the prospective juror;
- The juror is over 75 years old and requests to be excused;
- The juror is an active member of a recognized Amish sect and requests to be excused because of the juror’s sincere belief that as a result of that membership the juror cannot pass judgment in a judicial matter;
- The prospective juror is on active duty in the U.S. military;
If you are over 75 years of age and wish to be excused, please indicate that on your questionnaire and return it to the court. If you have already submitted your questionnaire, you should contact Mrs. Rowland by mail or by calling (419) 739-6770 prior to the date of the trial for which you have been summoned.
Information for Jurors summoned on a particular date.
If you have been summoned on a particular date, please call the court after 4:30pm at (419)739-6764 one business day prior to the trial.
For more information about Jury Duty, click here.
For more information about Grand Jury Duty, click here.