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 about 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.