Jurors are randomly picked by a computer list
of registered voters, persons 18 years or older and residents of
Erie County. You must be a resident of the court’s jurisdiction to
be eligible to serve as a juror. The Sandusky Municipal Court serves
the City of Sandusky, Perkins Township and the Villages of Bay
View and Castalia.
Generally, your term of service is two months.
The number of days you need to be available is four days in
that period. Jury Trials usually only last one or two days.
fill out your juror questionnaire. If
you have a problem and /or concern, please list it on the questionnaire.
Make sure to provide a daytime phone number. After review of
the questionnaires someone will contact you concerning your
issue. If you have medical problems making it difficult to
serve on jury duty, please completely fill out your questionnaire.
Include a note from your doctor explaining why you cannot serve
on jury duty. You will be contacted so you know if you are
excused. The questionnaires are confidential and are designed
to provide the Court with relevant information about you for
The phone number for the automated recording
is 419-627-5700. You may call after 4:00 P.M. the night
before the scheduled trial to see if you need to report.
If you still have a question you may call 419-627-5914 from
7 A.M. to 4 P.M. Monday thru Friday.
You will receive thirty
dollars ($30.00) for each day you serve. You will receive
payment by mail from the Erie County Auditor in approximately
30 days after you have reported to Court or served as a juror.
you need proof that you have served as a prospective and/or seated
juror for your employer, please go to the counter after you have
been dismissed. A staff member will prepare documentation for
The two types of cases that can be heard by
a jury in the Sandusky Municipal Court are:
heard are misdemeanors (such as shoplifting, driving under the
influence of alcohol, assault, telephone harassment, etc.) The
person charged with a crime is called the defendant. The State
of Ohio is the plaintiff in criminal cases. In a criminal case
all eight (8) jurors must agree upon the same verdict.
only type of civil case that can be heard in municipal courts
is for disputes concerning money or property. The party suing
is the Plaintiff and the party being sued is called the Defendant.
It is possible to have more than one Plaintiff and/or Defendant.
courts are limited to $15,000.00 for law suits. A verdict in
a civil case requires that three-fourths of the jury agree. This
means at least 6 of the 8 jurors must reach a verdict.