WHY We have a Jury System: Under the Constitution, a United States citizen is given certain rights; the right to a jury trial is one of those rights. Participation in jury trials provides citizens with an opportunity to:
- Incorporate community values into dispute resolution;
- Guard against abuse of power by legislatures, businesses, and government agencies;
- Avoid arbitrary or unfair sanctions by individual judges;
- Protect the rights of all citizens.
WHY Jurors Are Selected: Jurors are important and necessary participants in our justice system. Legal disputes (cases) often will not actually go to trial (be heard by a judge or jury), because citizens are prepared to participate as jurors sitting and waiting in the jury room. A jury panel that is ready to hear a case can motivate all parties involved in a dispute to reassess their risks and claims. Much like in a game of poker, the attorneys for both sides of a dispute think that they have the “winning hand.” The mere presence of the jury “calls all bluffs.” For example, it is common for a court to schedule several cases for trial on a single day because the jury is waiting and available. Frequently, none actually make it to trial.
- Once a year the Secretary of State creates a list of citizens who may be eligible to serve on a jury. This list contains those citizens who possess a driver’s license or State of Michigan identification card.
- Identified citizens are mailed a Juror Qualification Questionnaire. After the questionnaire is completed, returned, and evaluated, a qualified citizen may be called to serve on a jury.
|Jury Duty Contact Info|
|To email our Jury Clerkemail@example.com|
|To speak with a Jury clerk||Extension 341|
|To check on the status of your jury service||(734)459-4740 then option 4|