F.A.Q's

Hours 

  • Monday – Friday
  • 8:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Directions

The courthouse is located at:

1 East Main Street
Logan, OH 43138

The Common Pleas Court is located on the third floor.

From the North (Columbus):

Travel on 33 E through Lancaster.
Merge onto the Logan/McArthur/St. Rt. 93 exit.
At the stop sign turn right and at the third traffic light make a left hand turn onto Main Street.
The courthouse is on the left hand side of the street at the end of the block.

From the South (Athens):

Travel on 33 W.
Merge on to the Logan/McArthur/St. Rt. 93 exit.
At the stop sign turn right and at the third traffic light make a left hand turn onto Main Street.
The courthouse is on the left hand side of the street at the end of the block.

From the East (Zanesville/New Lexington):

Follow St. Rt. 93 S into Logan.
Make a right hand turn onto Main Street.
The courthouse is on the left hand side of the street at the end of the block.

From the West (Circleville):

Follow St. Rt. 22 E to Lancaster.
Make a right hand turn onto 33 E.
Merge onto the Logan/McArthur/St. Rt. 93 exit.
At the stop sign turn right and at the third traffic light make a left hand turn onto Main Street.
The courthouse is on the left hand side of the street at the end of the block.

From the West (Chillicothe):

Take St. Rt. 159 N to St. Rt. 180 and follow it through Laurelville to US 33.
Make a right hand turn onto 33 E.
Merge onto the Logan/McArthur/St. Rt. 93 exit.
At the stop sign turn right and at the third traffic light make a left hand turn onto Main Street.
The courthouse is on the left hand side of the street at the end of the block.

Where do I find information regarding a misdemeanor case or traffic violations?

Contact the Hocking County Municipal Court at (740) 385-2250.

Where do I find information regarding juvenile matters?

Contact the Hocking County Juvenile/Probate Court at (740) 385-3615.

Where do I find information regarding probate matters, such a s a will, adoption or marriage license?

Contact the Hocking County Juvenile/Probate Court at (740) 385-3022.

Where do I find information regarding a pending case or court file?

Contact the Clerk of Courts at (740) 385-2616

Where do I find information on jury service?

Click here or call (740) 385-2614.

Can the Clerk’s Office or the Court advise me how I should proceed with my case?

The law prohibits employees of the Clerk’s Office and Court from giving legal advice. However, employees can provide procedural information.

Can I act as my own attorney when filing a case?

Yes, but the Court cannot give out any advice as to the law.

How do I get a transcript of the court proceedings?

Contact the court reporter. CDs of the proceedings can be purchased for $15.00.

What kind of cases does the Court hear?

The Common Pleas Court hears criminal, civil and domestic (divorces, dissolutions, modifications of custody and child support) cases.

How may I complete the juror information form?

Complete the form sent to you with your summons and mail it to:

Susan McKinley
1 East Main Street
Logan, OH 43138

The form may also be printed here, filled out, and mailed in.

How can I get excused from jury duty?

Please do not ask to be excused from jury duty for any reason other than a death in the family, a scheduled out-of-state vacation, or a medical condition proven by a doctor’s certificate. In any case, written proof will be required, listing the specific condition or problem. If you have children, you must secure adequate child care and back-up child care during your period of service.

I have moved from Hocking County, what should I do?

Circle “Moved from Hocking County” under the reason for disqualification on your jury questionnaire and return it.

What should I wear to jury duty?

Please dress appropriately. No shorts, tank tops, or hats are permitted in the courtroom.

Where should I park?

Free parking is available on the side streets around the courthouse.

How long will I be required to serve?

Prospective jurors are selected for a four month period. Normally, a juror is only called upon to serve once during the four month period.  If there is a jury trial during the four month period, some prospective jurors will be sent a second notice giving them a specific day they must appear in court for the trial. A trial will usually only last one or two days, but may last longer.

Who may be called to serve as a juror?

You may be called to serve if you are at least 18 years old, a United State citizen and a resident of Hocking County.

How did my name get selected for jury duty?

Jurors’ names are selected at random by a computer from a list of registered voters provided by the Board of Elections.

Will I get paid for jury duty?

Jurors who serve on the jury will be paid $40 per day. Prospective jurors who do not serve on the jury will be paid $10 for showing up.

What are the different types of juries?

Petit Jury: If you are selected to serve on a Petit Jury, you will hear a criminal or civil case. A criminal trial will involve a felony. The law requires twelve jurors to be seated in a criminal case and eight jurors to be seated in a civil case.
In a criminal trial, the jury must find a defendant guilty or not guilty by a unanimous vote of all twelve jurors.
In civil cases the law requires a vote of at least six of the jurors to reach a verdict.
Most jury trials will seat an alternate-juror, in the event of sickness or unforeseen circumstances arise in which one of the regular jurors are unable to attend some portion of the trial. The alternate hears the trial, in its entirety, but does not participate in jury deliberations.
Grand Jury: A Grand Jury hears evidence about crimes and decides whether or not a person should be indicted and tried for committing a crime. The grand jury does not decide guilt or innocence.

What happens when I appear for jury service?

All prospective jurors take an oath or affirm that they will answer truthfully question posed to them by the judge and the attorneys during the process.
The judge and attorneys will ask the prospective jurors questions to find out if it may be difficult for a prospective juror to be fair and impartial.
Prospective jurors will be introduced to the parties and attorneys involved in the case and given a list of probable witnesses that will be called. Prospective jurors who are related to or know one or more of these persons should inform the judge as it may make it difficult for them to be impartial.
Prospective jurors may also be questioned about any past experiences that might make it difficult for them to be fair and impartial.
Each side will be given a chance to excuse jurors for cause if there is a good reason to excuse a juror.
Each side will then be able to make a limited number of preemptory challenges without giving a reason.
If an attorney makes a challenge to a juror it is nothing personal, but is done to ensure that they case will be heard as fairly as possible for their clients.

How does a jury decide a case?

After the attorneys have presented their evidence and made their closing statements, the judge instructs the jurors about the laws that apply to the case. Jurors must decide cases based on the laws as they are and not as the jurors might like them to be.
After receiving the judge’s instructions, the jury will enter the jury room to be begin their deliberations.
First, the jury must elect a foreperson to oversee the discussions, make sure that all issues are discussed and that every juror gets a chance to participate.
The jurors will sign a verdict form when they reach a verdict and notify the bailiff.
The judge will read the verdict and dismiss the jurors.

How many jurors must agree on a verdict?

The type of case determines how many jurors must agree on a verdict.
In civil cases, six out of the eight jurors must agree on the verdict.
In a criminal case, all twelve jurors must agree on the verdict.

What happens if I don’t appear in court?

Prospective jurors who do not appear in court can be fined and there may be a serious personal penalty.