Answering the call for jury duty
Jury trials are considered the backbone of our justice system, yet many people are unprepared when called for duty. Often, it’s because they don’t know what to expect – or what is expected of them. To help educate the public about jury service, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) developed an “explainer” video titled, “Answering the call for jury duty.” The three-minute video explains who’s eligible, what to do when summoned, and what happens when you’re selected to serve.
The need for jurors is great: Each year there are more than 150,000 jury trials in state courts across the country. Courts have taken great efforts to make jury service manageable for all who serve. For example, two thirds of Americans live in communities that now have a one-day or one-trial system.
In addition to answering questions about jury service, the video serves as an inspiration to remind the public that jury service is a unique privilege of being a U.S. citizen.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I am called for jury duty?
First, double check the summons that was mailed to you. Make sure that you are called for jury duty at the 62-B District Court in Kentwood.
If you have been called for jury duty by our court, please call us at 616.554.0716 after 5 p.m. the night before you are to report to the court.
What happens if I am to report for jury duty?
If you need to report, you must be checked in by 9 a.m.
How long will I be summoned for?
Jurors are summoned for one trial. Typically, most trials at our Court end within a day’s time.
When are juries selected?
Juries are selected the same day as the trial.
Will I be called again for jury duty?
Once a summons period is over, your jury duty in state court is complete for at least twelve months.
What happens if I cannot appear for jury duty?
If you are scheduled for jury duty and cannot appear, you must have the permission of the court to be excused or have the dates changed.
What can I read if I would like more information about my role as juror?
Please read the Juror's Manual. This manual explains how the jury system works and the role of the jury during a trial. See also the State Bar of Michigan Jury Manual.