To be eligible to serve on jury duty, a person must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the county in which they are called to serve. Jurors must also be able to communicate in the English language or request an interpreter.
Jurors are selected from the list of registered voters in Franklin County and the drawing is performed according to statutory guidelines to assure a random selection of a fair representation of the community. Jurors need to be able to listen carefully, follow instructions, keep an open mind, be willing to make a decision free from personal feelings or biases, respect the opinion of each juror, and value the different viewpoints each juror can bring to the case. Jurors will be responsible for impartially evaluating all the facts that are presented during the trial and, as the Judge instructs, apply the law as it is written to the facts of the case.