THE NIGHT PRIOR TO TRIAL
CALL TO CONFIRM YOUR APPEARANCE
Judge Forrest W. Burt Judge Carolyn J. Paschke
Jury Group Status Recording Jury Group Status Recording
Anita Comella 440.279.2017 Bev Modic 440.279.2194
Wendy Daugherty 440.279.2015 Deborah Winters 440.279.2192
Jury Duty Information
You are important to our jury system. Without you the jury system cannot work. Jury service is also a rewarding experience which will give you an opportunity to participate directly in the administration of Justice.
While it may require some adjustment of your normal schedule to serve as a juror, we believe that you will enjoy the opportunity to see your courts in action, to learn more about our system of justice, and participate in one of the fundamental rights and duties of our American heritage.
SELECTION: Jurors for individual cases are randomly chosen from the jurors in your group; therefore, even if you are instructed to come to court, you may not be chosen to serve. You should know by 11:00 the first day of trial whether you have been chosen to serve as a juror.
DURATION: Trials generally last two to three days, however a trial may last longer. On the first day of trial you will be advised by the judge of the anticipated duration of the case. The hours for jury trials are normally 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
MEALS: The Court is unable to provide meals for jurors; but you will be given an hour for lunch in order to go to one of the local restaurants, and, of course, you may bring your own lunch.
COMPENSATION: You will be paid $25.00 a day for your service as a juror.
PARKING: Jurors are permitted to park in the Geauga County parking lot located on the east side of the Chardon Square, across the street from the Courthouse. Jurors may also park around the town square or on Short Court Street which bisects the square. Please be sure that you do not park in an area marked as a one hour zone. You should prominently display your Juror Notice on the dashboard of your vehicle to avoid a parking ticket. Map to Common Pleas Court
SECURITY: For your safety, and all persons entering the building, a sheriff is located at the entrance. Everyone will pass through a metal detector, a cursory check of all purses, packages, backpacks, etc. will be conducted.
ACCESSIBILITY: Handicapped parking spaces are located on the east side of the courthouse and a ramp will lead you to the basement entrance. An elevator will then take you to your desired courtroom level. Please call in advance so we can assist you further.
When do I call in to find out if I have to show up for jury duty?
Listen to the Jury Duty Information Center recording the day prior to date you are scheduled to appear for jury duty.
Who do I call to answer my jury questions?
Anita Comella at 440-279-2017 or Wendy Daugherty at 440-279-2015 for Judge Burt
Bev Modic at 440-279-2194 or Deborah Winters at 440-279-2192 for Judge Paschke
How much advance notice will I get when I’m scheduled for jury duty?
If you do not receive a Group Number assignment and report date along with your questionnaire, you may be assigned a report date with two weeks advance notice.
Can I change the date I have to serve jury duty?
State your date change request in writing on your questionnaire along with an explanation for the request. Submit it immediately to the appropriate court. You will receive your response in writing.
What if I’m on vacation during the date I have to serve?
State the dates of conflict in writing on your questionnaire. Submit it immediately to the appropriate court. You will receive a written response. The Geauga County Courts of Common Pleas try to accommodate juror vacation schedules whenever possible.
What if I’m a full time student?
Check the full time student box on the juror questionnaire and furnish full time attendance verification. Return with the questionnaire to the court to whom you are assigned.
What if I moved and don’t live in Geauga County anymore?
If you are no longer a resident of Geauga County, you are Not qualified to serve as a juror and will be excused. Correct the residence address on the questionnaire and return it to the court in order that we may update our records.
How long will the trial last?
Generally trials last two to three days. The judge and the attorneys will tell you how long they expect the case to last on the first day of trial.
Where do I park when I report for jury duty?
Jurors are permitted to park in the Geauga county parking lot located on the eastside of the Chardon Square, across the street from the Courthouse. Jurors may also park around the town square or on Short Court Street which bisects the square. Please be sure you do not park in an area marked as a One Hour Zone. You should prominently display your juror notice on your dashboard to avoid a parking ticket.
Map to Common Pleas Court