Jury Duty FAQ's

HOW LONG DO JURY TRIALS LAST?

On average, District Court and Probate Court cases are 1 day in length, while Circuit Court cases average 3-4 days.  The judge will inform you of the expected length of the trial during jury selection.  If you are sworn as a juror for a trial, your service as a juror is concluded at the end of the trial.  

HOW LONG WILL I BE AT COURT?

The judges try to seat their juries in the morning, therefore, if you are not seated on a case you are normally released in the early afternoon.  If you are a juror on a particular trial, you should plan on being at the courthouse until 5:00pm.  If you are dismissed prior to opening statements, you are still on call for the remainder of your service term and will need to continue checking your status each evening. 

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO REPORT IN PERSON?

Jurors are responsible for checking their reporting status to see if they need to appear in person for a scheduled jury trial.  Your should check your reporting status daily after 5pm, beginning the Friday before your term of service begins.  Check by visiting the juror access website or by calling the jury phone number.  You must continue checking your status each day of your two-week term after 5pm.  

  • TO CHECK YOUR STATUS ONLINE go to:     https://jury.eatoncounty.org and select the profile/status tab, and then service information. 
  • TO CHECK YOUR STATUS VIA PHONE call:  844-928-0090, enter your candidate ID# located on your summons and your zip code. Select option 2 and then option 2 again to hear your status.   

If there is a date and time indicated upon checking your status you must report to the courthouse as instructed.  Please bring a state issued ID and your jury summons.  

If your status indicates, "you have been summoned, but not yet scheduled" or "check back- see summons", you do not need to report in person but must continue to check your reporting status each day of your service term.  Please note that it is unlikely that you will be asked to report each day of your service term.

WHAT IF I HAVE AN EMERGENCY?

If there is a grave illness in your family, or an equally serious problem that would constitute an undue hardship or extreme inconvenience for you to appear in court on the dates specified, you must notify the jury clerk as soon as possible by email or phone. 

CAN I BRING FOOD WITH ME?

You may bring your own food or beverages, however unless prearranged, open food and beverages are not allowed in the courtrooms.  Limited selection of snacks and beverages are located in vending machines near the jury assembly room.  These machine DO NOT accept credit cards.  If you are seated on a jury, you may be dismissed for lunch on your own.  

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FOR SECURITY SCREENING?

The courthouse is open Monday through Friday from 8am - 5pm.  Upon entering the courthouse, you will pass through security screening and then directed to the jury assembly room.  All persons, bags and packages are subject to screening and search by security personnel.  Weapons and other items such as; crochet hooks, knitting needles, and utensils are prohibited.  Security personnel will not hold onto items.  Please bring a your picture ID and jury summons.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Comfortable clothing that enhances the dignity of the court and emphasizes the seriousness of your responsibility as a juror should be worn.  Business casual attire is suggested.  Temperatures in the courtrooms and jury rooms can fluctuate. 

DO I HAVE TO PAY TO PARK?

The courthouse has free on-site parking.  Additional public parking is available across the street from the courthouse.  

HOW DO JURORS GET CHOSEN FOR JURY DUTY?

Jurors are chosen for service in accordance with Michigan law (MCL 600.1307a, MSA27a13a).  Your name has been randomly selected from the driver's license and state identification lists.  

WHAT IF I NEVER REPORTED DURING MY 2-WEEK SERVICE TERM?

If you were never required to report in person during the 2-week service term, your service term in over.  

WHAT WILL I BE PAID AND WHEN WILL I BE PAID?

Jurors are paid $15.00 for the first half day (4 hours) of service, $30.00 for the first full day (more than 4 hours).  Subsequent days are $22.50 for a half day and $45.00 for a full day.  Mileage is paid daily at the rate of $.20/mile.  Payment processing will occur at the completion of your service term.  Payment will be mailed within 30-45 days.  Service verification letters for employers are available.  

IS THERE CHILDCARE?

The court does not provide child care during your jury service.  Children should not be brought to the courthouse when you are reporting for jury duty. 

BE ALERT TO SCAMS

On occasion, courts receive reports of residents being contacted by telephone with a caller claiming to be from the court and requesting money be wired.  Please know that Eaton County Courts will not call to demand a penalty payment for failure to appear for jury duty, nor ask you to wire money.

I DIDN'T RESPOND TO MY JUROR SUMMONS and MY 2-WEEK SERVICE TERM HAS ENDED - WHAT DO I DO?

Failure to report as required by a jury summons is subject to contempt of court pursuant to MCL 600.1346.  If you miss your reporting day or failed to respond to your summons, you must contact the jury clerk immediately at juryclerk@eatoncounty.org