Jury Information
Here you can find various information regarding Jury Trials, including the status of current and upcoming trials.

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Check Your Jury Service Status
** Please check the status of your jury service after 6:00 p.m. the night before you are scheduled to appear for jury duty, this includes weekends and holidays.



August 1, 2017 - This jury trial has been cancelled and you do not have to appear.


The temperature in the courtroom may fluctuate, you may want to bring a sweater or light jacket with you each day of your jury service.


















General Jury Information

Petit Jury Duty
If you are summoned for petit jury, you will receive notification of the specific date and time you are to appear. Trials generally last one to two days in duration. There will be periodic breaks during the day to permit you to relax a bit and also to allow the Court to consider matters of a technical nature with the attorneys or to deal with other court business. Typically, there is a longer break for lunch in which you may leave the courthouse to get lunch on your own, or you are welcome to bring your lunch from home.

When you receive your initial summons to appear for a specific date and time, you will also receive a juror questionnaire. The questionnaire is to be completed and sent back to the Court in the envelope provided within ten days, or you may submit your questionnaire on-line.

Requests for excuse or deferral of your jury service are handled on a case by case basis. To learn more about deferral or excuse from jury service, please see "Request for Excuse/Deferral".

While jury duty may require some adjustments to your normal schedule, we make it convenient for you to check on your jury status online or through a recorded message service. Please call (419) 675-4282 up to and including the night before you are ordered to appear for jury service, or you may check your jury status online near the top of this page.

Upon completion of your jury service at a trial, you will receive a fee for your services as is prescribed by state law which will be mailed to you. Some employers require proof of jury service from employees who are absent from work, and such certificates of service will be issued upon completion of your service. Your service is complete only when you are discharged by the Judge.

If you have any questions regarding your petit jury service, please call (419) 674-2256.

Grand Jury Duty

If you are summoned for grand jury, you will receive notification from the Hardin County Sheriff of the specific date and time you are to appear. After your initial appearance, the grand jury serves at the call of the Hardin County Prosecuting Attorney and therefore he will determine when you will be called again. The Prosecuting Attorney will also determine how much time you will spend at any one grand jury session.

When you receive your initial summons to appear, you will also receive a juror questionnaire. The questionnaire is to be completed and sent back to the Court in the envelope provided within ten days, or you may submit your questionnaire on-line.

Requests for excuse or deferral of your jury service are handled on a case by case basis. To learn more about deferral or excuse from jury service, please see "Request for Excuse/Deferral".

Upon completion of your jury service at grand jury, you will receive a fee for your services as is prescribed by state law which will be mailed to you. Some employers require proof of jury service from employees who are absent from work, and such certificates of service will be issued upon completion of your service. Your service is complete only when you are discharged by the Judge.

If you have any questions regarding your grand jury service, please call (419) 674-2256.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long am I on jury duty?
Once you have received a summons from the Hardin County Sheriff notifying you that you have been selected to serve as a petit juror, you are considered a prospective juror for a period of four months and may be called at any time during those four months.

If you have received a summons from the Hardin County Sheriff notifying you that you have been selected to serve as a grand juror, you are considered a prospective juror for a period of four months and may be called at any time during those four months. After your initial appearance, the grand jury serves at the call of the Hardin County Prosecuting Attorney and therefore he will determine when you will be called again. The Prosecuting Attorney will also determine how much time you will spend at any one grand jury session.

How will I be paid for my jury duty?
You will receive a fee for your services as is prescribed by state law which will be mailed to you. Some employers require proof of jury service from employees who are absent from work. Such certificates of service will be issued upon completion of service. Your service is complete only when you are discharged by the Judge.

Where do I park?
Parking is available at the parking lot behind Liberty Bank on Main Street and in the parking lot one block west of the square at Franklin and Market Streets. Handicap access to the courthouse is through the south (basement) door.

How should I dress?
You may dress casually, keeping in mind that you are appearing in a Court of Law. Shorts, mini skirts, tee shirts and tank tops are not considered appropriate attire. As the temperature in the courtroom fluctuates, it may be wise to layer your clothing or bring a sweater.

Can I be excused from jury duty?
Requests for excuse or deferral of your jury service are handled on a case by case basis. To learn more about deferral or excuse from jury service, please see "Request for Excuse/Deferral".

What if I have a vacation scheduled during my jury term?
If you have a vacation scheduled, please submit your vacation dates to the court in writing. Doing so will allow us to avoid calling you for jury duty during your vacation. Your written notification of scheduled vacation dates may be mailed to Hardin County Common Pleas Court, One Courthouse Square, Suite 370, Kenton, Ohio 43326 or emailed to commonpleas@hardincourts.com.

What if I have received a summons for jury duty and I no longer live in Hardin County?
In order to serve on a jury in Hardin County, you must live in Hardin County. If you no longer live in Hardin County, please send a letter to the court indicating that you are no longer a Hardin County resident, your name, and your current address. Your written notification may be mailed to Hardin County Common Pleas Court, One Courthouse Square, Suite 370, Kenton, Ohio 43326 or emailed to commonpleas@hardincourts.com.

Do you have a question that was not answered?
If you have any questions regarding your jury service, please call the Court at (419) 674-2256.

Requests for Excuse/Deferral

Deferral of your jury service, or postponing jury service, is preferred to excusing a prospective juror. Inconvenience to a prospective juror or employer is not an adequate reason to be excused from jury duty. In many cases, your request to be excused may be denied and your term of service will be deferred to a later date.

A juror may be excused only if he or she presents a valid reason in writing to the Court. If the juror is unable to sign the written request for an excusal, another with knowledge of the facts may do so. Said request must be forwarded to Hardin County Common Pleas Court, One Courthouse Square, Suite 370, Kenton, Ohio 43326. Reasons must come within the following categories and should be as specific as possible.

  1. The interests of the public will be materially injured by your attendance.
  2. Your spouse or a near relative has recently died or is dangerously ill.
  3. You are a cloistered member of a religious organization.
  4. You have a mental or physical condition that causes you to be incapable of performing jury service. Written documentation from a physician licensed to practice medicine required.
  5. Jury service would otherwise cause undue or extreme physical or financial hardship to you or a person under the care or supervision of you.
  6. You are over seventy-five years of age and request to be excused.
  7. You are an active member of a recognized Amish sect and request to be excused because of the sincere belief that as a result of that membership you cannot pass judgment in a judicial manner.

Please do not request to be excused for reasons other than those indicated above. The Court to be fair to all citizens whose names have been called, cannot excuse you. Please do not call the Court officials to secure an exemption. The request must be in writing. If you are excused, you will be notified accordingly. If you are not notified, you must appear as summoned. The Court would also remind you that failure to appear when called can result in serious personal penalty.

You may submit your request for excuse on-line, however you may not request excuse under Section D on-line due to the necessity of written documentation from a physician licensed to practice medicine.

Requests for deferral of your jury service must be submitted in writing and state the specific reason you are requesting your jury duty to be deferred, as well as a time-frame when you would be available to serve as a potential juror. Your written request may be mailed to Hardin County Common Pleas Court, One Courthouse Square, Suite 370, Kenton, Ohio 43326 or emailed to commonpleas@hardincourts.com.