Importance of Jury Service
Trial by jury is one of the most important rights which Americans enjoy and is unique to our system of justice. Trial by jury is guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the State of Ohio. To be called upon to serve as a juror is one of the most important civic duties you may ever perform.
About Jury Duty
Juries are summoned three to four weeks before they are called for trial. Jurors are typically required to serve on a Friday. In general, a single trial lasts no more than one day.
Jury Summons / Questionnaire
When summoned for Jury Duty, each perspective juror will receive a juror questionnaire. The questionnaire must be sent back immediately to the Court in the provided self-addressed stamped envelope.
If you are unable to serve as a juror, please submit a request to be excused with any appropriate documentation immediately.
Please note that only the Judge can excuse an individual from serving.
Each juror that appears for a particular jury trial will receive $25.00 per day.
If you need a letter to your employer confirming your time on jury duty, we will provide one by request upon completion of your service.
A check will be mailed to you from the Euclid Municipal Court approximately 2-3 weeks after your service is completed.
Questions About Your Jury Service
If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 216-289-2888, Option 1.
Exemptions / Disqualifications from Jury Duty
Under Ohio law, a prospective juror may be excused from jury duty if:
- the prospective juror is over seventy-five years of age, and the juror requests to be excused;
- the individual’s spouse or near relative has recently died or is dangerously ill;
- the individual is a cloistered member of a religious organization;
- the prospective juror has a mental or physical condition that causes the prospective juror to be incapable of performing jury service;
- jury service would otherwise cause undue or extreme physical or financial hardship to the prospective juror; or
- the prospective juror is an active member of a recognized Amish sect and requests to be excused.
The following are disqualified, and thus may not serve as jurors:
- Persons who are no longer residents of Euclid Municipal Court’s jurisdiction
- Persons who have served as jurors in a court of record in Cuyahoga County within the past two years.
- Persons who have been convicted of a felony and are currently on probation or are serving a community control sanction.
If you believe you may be exempt from serving, you should note the reason on a separate sheet of paper and return it to the court with your completed Juror Questionnaire.