Seneca County

Common Pleas Court


Selection:  Your name was obtained from the voter registration list of Seneca County, according to guidelines which assure a random selection of a fair cross-section of the community. You will serve a term of 4 months. You will receive a packet of information in the mail approximately 1 month prior to your term of service that is to begin.

You will be called on an “as needed basis.” You will receive a post card with date and time to appear approximately one week prior to the date of service. Included on that card is a telephone number to call the night before your trial date to see if you will actually need to appear. Most jury trials last two days. However, it is not uncommon for a trial to last longer. The Judge will adjourn the jury each evening and will instruct you as to what time to return the following morning.

Trials normally start at 9:00 a.m. with the jury expected to be here by 8:45 a.m. Since the doors of the Courthouse Annex do not open until 8:30 a.m., we ask that you do not arrive before then. The Judge will dismiss you in the afternoon, usually between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. However, if the jury is in deliberation, Court is dismissed following a verdict, regardless of time.

A $10.00 attendance fee is paid for each day you are required to and do report for duty, whether or not you are selected to serve. Should you be selected to serve as a juror, you will be paid $20.00 per day. Upon request, you will be provided with a work slip showing the dates you served and the attendance fees paid to you. This may be obtained at the Clerk of Court’s office. Your employment is protected by law while you are serving as a juror. If you should have a problem with your employer in connection with your jury service, please contact the Court immediately.


Petit Juror

Judge Steve C. Shuff

Magistrate Kenneth C. Clason

117 E. Market Street, Suite 4204

Tiffin, OH 44883

Telephone: (419) 448-1302

Fax: (419) 443-7927

Judge Michael P. Kelbley

Magistrate Erica J. Gordon

117 E. Market Street, Suite 4303

Tiffin, OH 44883

Telephone: (419) 447-2982

Fax: (419) 448-7103

Reporting for Duty:  It is critical that you report on time. Court cannot start until all jurors are present. The right to trial by jury is one of the cornerstones of the American legal procedure, and it allows citizens to take an active part in the judicial system. Jury service is not voluntary, but a civic duty imposed upon all citizens by statute. If the summons is not honored, you can be ordered to show cause why you should not be held in contempt of Court. In most cases, you will be required to be present no later than 8:45 a.m. You will report the first day to the Clerk’s office located on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex and if selected as a juror, you will report directly to the jury room on the following dates.

Court Attire:  It is important that you are comfortable during your jury service, however, in deference to the Court, we request that you dress cleanly and neatly. You should wear comfortable clothing that enhances the dignity of the Court and emphasizes the seriousness of your responsibility. Shorts of any kind, hats, tanktops, T-shirts, sweat suits, torn or soiled jeans, or other such informal attire is not considered appropriate apparel for the courtroom.

Location:  The Grand Jury will be sworn in at the Seneca County Courthouse Annex, 117 E. Market Street, Tiffin, Ohio.  You will find this building mid-block between the old courthouse and Old Trinity Episcopal Church and across the street from Burn’s Electric.

Parking:  The County has parking across the street from the Courthouse Annex on East Market Street next to Burns’ Electric. There is access to county parking off South Washington Street next to the RTA Building. Also on South Washington Street across the street from the old Courthouse is a city parking lot with limited all day spots.


The secured ground floor entrance is located under the portico. You will pass through a metal detector upon entering the vestibule.  Next, you will check in at the Clerk of Court’s office located on the first floor. From there is an elevator to all floors and the building is handicap accessible. Once you are sworn in, you will adjourn to the Grand Jury room housed at the Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office.

Court Security:  To maintain proper security, all persons entering the courthouse annex may be subject to search and screening. You will pass through a metal detector upon entering the building.

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