LETTER: Courtroom education

Recently I had the opportunity to serve on a jury in Ottawa County Municipal Court. The presiding judge was Fritz Hany. When I was c
Commentary
May 2, 2010

 

Recently I had the opportunity to serve on a jury in Ottawa County Municipal Court. The presiding judge was Fritz Hany. When I was chosen to be part of the jury pool for the first time, I had some anxiety concerning the type of case, expectation of jurors, and procedures during the trial. Prior to the selection of jurors, Judge Hany addressed the jury pool in an informal manner that put everyone at ease. He let us know the process, time commitment and type of case we would be judging.

Once I was chosen as a juror, Judge Hany was very specific as to the instructions on how the case would be presented and our responsibilities. During the trial, Judge Hany moved the trial process along very efficiently. When there were interruptions, he explained the reasons and how we were to deal with the information provided. Having never served in a jury before, I found the entire experience very enlightening and very meaningful.

After rendering our decision, we had questions about information provided us during the trial. We asked if Judge Hany was available to answer questions, He not only answered questions, he took extra time to explain some of the law we did not understand. He spent the time needed to satisfy our inquiry and was extremely cordial in doing so. I felt we received an extra education on the court proceedings. I would be more that willing to serve on a jury again in Judge Hany's courtroom.

Richard W. Henry

Port Clinton