If summoned as a petit juror, jury trials in the Williams County Court of Common Pleas can last from one to five days, and sometimes longer on very rare occasions. In general, most trials are scheduled for two days. You are compensated by the court $40 per day ($20 per half day) for your services as a juror. You can expect to receive your payment via mail in the form of a check no later than three weeks from the conclusion date of the trial.
If summoned as a grand juror, you will meet once a month for four consecutive months. You are compensated by the court $20 per half day for your services as a juror. You can expect to receive your payment via mail in the form of a check no later than three weeks from the conclusion date of service.
Please talk with your employer about being selected as a juror. Many of the organizations, companies and small businesses in this county are very supportive of their employees participating in this civic duty and already have policies in place regarding their employees serving as jurors.
If after speaking with your employer regarding their policies; taking into account the monetary compensation you will receive from the court; and keeping in mind the knowledge you will gain of our legal system as well as the feeling of having fulfilled a civic duty after having served as a juror, you feel that a severe financial hardship would result in serving as a juror, you must request to be excused from jury service in written form. Please compose a letter addressed to Judge Stelzer stating fully the reasons you feel serving as a juror will result in a severe financial hardship. Please fax 419-636-9886, or deliver this documentation to the Court immediately. Upon receipt, your letter will be forwarded to the Judge for consideration. You are still summoned to appear until you receive a call from the Court informing you otherwise.