Trial by jury is one of the
most important rights which Americans enjoy and is unique to our system of
justice,as it is guaranteed by
the Constitutions 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 Week
Juries are summoned 24 times per year.When called, jurors are required to
report Tuesday or Wednesday of Jury week.In general a trial lasts no more than one day
and jurors are asked to report for only one day of service.
report at 8:30 a.m. to the Berea Municipal Court, located on the second
floor of the Berea City Hall, at 11 Berea Commons.Parking
is in the rear of the building and is free.Jurors should enter through the front entrance of the building and proceed through the security checkpoint.
After all jurors
have assembled and have been checked in by the Clerk of Courts, the Clerk will
explain the schedule and procedure for jury service. Jurors then
remain with the Clerk until called for trial and will then be escorted to the Courtroom when the trial is ready to
The Hotline number is
440-891-3304.The Clerk of Courts has established
a special telephone line for jurors only.
Jurors should call the Hotline after 5:00 p.m. on the day before they are to report and listen to
a pre-recorded message explaining whether or not trials will be proceeding the next day.
On occasion, all trials scheduled for the following day are settled
before trial and then jurors are not required to report at all.
Using the Hotline avoids unnecessary trips to the Court.
Jurors are first chosen from
the six communities served by the Berea Municipal Court. These cities are
Berea, Brook Park, Middleburg Heights, Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township and Strongsville.
The Court’s Jury Commission screens
the list of potential jurors and submits a final list to the Clerk.
From the list submitted to the Clerk by the
Jury Commission, 40 jurors are randomly selected for each
jury day.When called for trial, all
potential jurors take an oath and are questioned first by the Judge and then by
the attorney’s involved in the case.This process is called voir
dire. The goal of the voir dire is to obtain a fair and impartial
jury for each trial.After questioning
the jurors, each attorney has the right to excuse a certain number of
jurors.After the attorneys are
satisfied with the composition of the jury, the jurors are sworn in and
constitute the panel for that trial.The
other jurors are excused.Once called to report for jury duty, your service to the Court for the
reminder of time that the current jury pool will be completed