Court Jury Clerk

**Effective November 18, 2020**

 

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, 


Eaton County Trial Courts are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

 

A drop box is available inside the front doors of the courthouse during business hours.  

When alternative methods of conducting business are unavailable or impractical, a scheduled appointment may be made with the appropriate court department.   Information on conducting court business can be found below for all court departments.    

Members of the public are required to wear face coverings to the extent they can medically tolerate it.  Masks will be provided by the court prior to entry.

Eaton County Return to Full Capacity Amended Phase 2 

 

Circuit Court Clerks 

            Email:  circuitcourtclerk@eatoncounty.org to submit pleadings electronically.

            Phone:  517-543-4346

            Link to Circuit Court Clerks Office website:

http://www.eatoncounty.org/162/Circuit-Court-Clerk

 

District Court Civil

            Email:  districtcourtcivil@eatoncounty.org to submit pleadings electronically.

            Phone:  517-543-4064 

            Link to District Court Civil Office website:

http://www.eatoncounty.org/391/District-Court-Civil

 

Payment for filings can be made at:

www.govpaynow.com            Enter PLC# 8882

 

Filing fee chart:  Filing Fee Chart

 

District Court Criminal

            Fax:     517-543-1469                         Phone:  517-543-4029

            Link to District Court Criminal website:

https://mi-eatoncounty.civicplus.com/432/District-Court-Criminal

Online payments can be made at:  www.govpaynow.com                

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Email: districtcourt@eatoncounty.org

 

District Court Traffic

            Fax:     517-543-1469                         Phone:  517-543-3359

Online payments can be made at:  www.govpaynow.com                

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Traffic Ticket Pricing Chart:  Traffic Ticket Pricing 

Link to District Court Traffic webpage:

https://mi-eatoncounty.civicplus.com/438/District-Court-Traffic

Email:             traffic@eatoncounty.org

 

Probate Court 

            Email:             probateoffice@eatoncounty.org

            Phone:             517-543-7500   ext.1276, 1277, 1278

            Link to Probate Court webpage:         

https://mi-eatoncounty.civicplus.com/451/Probate-Court

            

Friend of the Court 

 

            Phone:             517-543-6850

            Link to Friend of the Court webpage:

Juvenile Court 

            Phone:             517-543-6003

            Link to Friend of the Court webpage:

https://mi-eatoncounty.civicplus.com/359/Juvenile-Court

Welcome to the Eaton County Court Jury Clerk. Your Circuit, Probate, and District Court Judges wish to thank you and all jurors for giving generously of your time and for taking jury duty seriously.

Jury Administration/Selection

At the beginning  of each quarter the jury board looks over the list of random names supplied by the Secretary of State Driver's License and State ID. Then the Jury Clerk sends questionnaires to potential jurors residing in Eaton County.  The Jury Clerk screens these questionnaires and prepares them for final review and qualification. Prospective Jurors who fail to return a questionnaire will receive follow-up letters from the Clerk and, if you still fail to return your questionnaire you will then receive a show cause hearing and will go in front of the Judge.  

After qualification, the Jury Clerk coordinates the drawing of panels for the Circuit, District, and Probate Courts. If selected, qualified jurors are summoned to appear. Any questions or concerns about service should be addressed to the jury clerk. 

Get Involved

Without you the jury system can not work. We know that jury service means rearranging schedules, canceling appointments, and even missing work. But if you were on trial, wouldn't you want someone like you to make the sacrifices necessary to be a part of your jury? Your public service as a juror protects our right to have a trial by an impartial jury.

Entering the Courthouse

If you are serving as a juror, please keep in mind that because of security reasons jury members will not be able to enter the courthouse prior to business hours. The courthouse is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please arrive at the courthouse at the appropriate time so you are not locked outside prior to the courthouse opening.

Qualifications to Serve as a Juror

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must speak and understand the English language.
  • You must be a resident of Eaton County.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must no longer be attending high school.
  • You must not have been convicted of a felony.

Deferring Jury Duty

In the State of Michigan, everyone who meets the qualifications is eligible for jury duty. The courts are happy to work with you on any scheduling problems or conditions you may have that would make your attendance impossible. 

Please email the Jury Clerk at: juryclerk@eatoncounty.org  or call 517-543-4318 as soon as possible in order to discuss scheduling. Do not wait until the day your group is called.