The Ohio Jury Management Association
Jury Modernization Act of 2012
The Importance of Jury Service
can take many forms. Usually, this occurs when the law of the Court is violated by a juror either before or after a verdict, and can include instances like: communicating with those outside of the trial, lying during voire dire, or disobeying instructions from a judge.
The Jury Modernization Act
was enacted by the General Assembly as HB 268 and took effect on May 22nd, 2012. This important piece of legislation was necessary to improve jury management best practices in the twenty-first century.
Serving as a Juror
is a vital role for American citizens, and is one of the most important rights regarding the fairness of the American Judicial System.
Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete, 500 U.S. 614 (1991) provides similar case law for litigants in civil cases/trials.
Kentucky v. Batson, 476 U.S. 79 (1986)
was an extremely significant case in which the Supreme Court ruled that peremptory challenges cannot be used to exclude a juror based on race, ethnicity, or sexand can often result in a new trial.
The Juror Summoning Process
Learn about the fundamentals of the Juror Summoning Process from David Ballmann, President of OJMA and Jury Commissioner for the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
Felons as Jurors
1. Pursuant to R.C. 2961.01, a person who was convicted of a felony under the laws of Ohio prior to, or on or after July 1, 1996, and who is on probation or is serving a period of one or more community control sanctions, may not serve as a juror on a petit jury.
2. R.C.16(C)(3) restores the privelege of serving on a petit jury to a person who was convicted of a felony under the laws of Ohio prior to, or on or after July 1, 1996, and who has completed his probation or a period of one or more community control sanctions.
Read the 2006 Ohio Attorney General Opinion here.
Learn more about Special Trials and how they affect juries and jurors from Brad Seitz, OJMA Trustee and Jury Commissioner for Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.