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Jason Despetorich

Hocking County Seal


(740) 385-4027

Juror Code of Conduct


  • Be on time. The trial cannot proceed until all jurors are present.
  • Please wear your juror badge at all times, even at lunch and while on break.
  • Pay close attention to what is being said by everyone. If you cannot hear what is being said, raise your hand and let the judge know.
  • Do not talk about the case with anyone while the trial is in progress; this includes other jurors or family members.
  • If any outsider attempts to talk with you about a case you are serving on, please do the following: (1) tell the person it is improper for a juror to discuss the case or receive any information outside the courtroom; (2) refuse to listen if the outsider persists; (3) report the incident at once to the judge’s bailiff.
  • Report to the judge’s bailiff any improper behavior by a fellow juror.
  • Jurors on a case should refrain from discussing any subject – even if it’s not related to the matter being tried – with any lawyer, witness, or party in the case. Such contact may make a new trial necessary.
  • If it develops during the trial that juror learns elsewhere of some fact about the case, he/she should inform the court immediately. Do not mention any such matter in the jury room.
  • Do not try to conduct your own investigation or discover evidence on your own. Cases must be decided only on the basis of evidence admitted in court.
  • Listen carefully to the instructions given to you by the judge before deliberations. It is your responsibility to accept the judge’s instructions about the law and how it is to be applied to the case.
  • Do not talk to anyone about deliberations or about the verdict until you are discharged from the case by the judge. After discharge, you may discuss the verdict and the deliberations with anyone, including the media, the lawyers, or your family. But you are NOT obligated to do so.


  • Don’t research the case online in any way, including searching for information about the attorney’s or judge.
  • Don’t communicate anything about the case via Facebook, Twitter Instagram or any online messaging service.
  • Follow instructions by the judge or other court personnel.
  • Immediately report unauthorized use of the Internet or social media to the judge or authorized court personnel.