Question Mark
  1. How was my name selected?
  2. Is jury duty mandatory?
  3. Can I get excused from serving on a jury?
  4. How much and when will I be paid for my jury service?
  5. What if I have already served in the past year?
  6. What if I need special accommodations?
  7. Where do I park?
  8. What kind of trial will I hear and how long will the trial take?
  9. Why do I have to wait around so much as a juror?
  10. Is there a consequence for my refusal to serve?
  11. Is there a dress code?
  12. Can I bring my cell phone, camera, pager or computer with me?
  13. Am I able to have a cigarette break?
  14. What about inclement weather conditions?
  15. What happens after the verdict?
  16. While serving as a juror, how can my family notify me of an emergency?

Q1:  How was my name selected?

A local Jury Board randomly draws names from State of Michigan driver license and personal identification card holder lists as required by Michigan law.

Q2: Is jury duty mandatory?

Yes. The United States Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by jury in both criminal and civil cases.

Q3: Can I get excused from serving on a jury?

Jury service is a civic duty that every eligible adult has. If you have a genuine scheduling conflict, such as a planned vacation, you have the ability to postpone jury service to a more convenient time. Please forward a written request to the County Clerk’s Office with an explanation. Your request will be reviewed and you will be notified of whether you are excused for that particular trial and, if so, of the rescheduled trial date.

Q4: How much and when will I be paid for my jury service?

  • First Day
    • $12.50/half day
    • $25.00/full day
  • Second Day
    • $20.00/half day
    • $40.00/full day
  • Roundtrip mileage rate paid per County travel policy as set by the County Board of Commissioners.
  • You should receive a check in the mail approximately 2-3 weeks following your appearance.

Q5: What if I have already served in the past year?

You may have been called for more than one trial if the first trial cancelled and you did not actually appear in court for jury selection. Contact the County Clerk’s Office at 225-8330 and they will check the status of your service record.

Q6: What if I need special accommodations?

Both circuit courtrooms have the capability to assist individuals who have hearing impairments or need special seating arrangements. A handicap accessible ramp is located between the courthouse buildings on the second floor of the Courthouse Annex with parking on both Baraga and Spring Streets. Please contact the Circuit Court Bailiff at 225-8209 to let them know what type of assistance you will need.

Q7: Where do I park?

When you receive your jury summons, a red parking permit will be included. Place this in your windshield at any metered or 2-hour parking area around the Courthouse complex or in any County lot. A map will also be enclosed.

Click here for the Courthouse Complex location webpage. This page contains a printable location map and a parking map.

Q8: What kind of trial will I hear and how long will the trial take?

There are two types of trials that have juries: criminal trials and civil trials. Divorce trials do not have juries. The judge knows about how long the trial is expected to take and he will advise you of that time frame when your group is called for jury selection. The actual length of a trial depends on the complexity of the issue(s) and how long jurors spend in deliberations.

Q9: Why do I have to wait around so much as a juror?

The judge and court staff work hard to reduce the time you spend waiting as a juror; however, waiting time cannot be completely eliminated. The law is complex and many steps have to happen before, during, and after the trial. Try to be patient and come prepared with reading material or handicrafts such as knitting or crocheting to occupy your time while waiting. Court staff will explain delays when possible.

Q10: Is there a consequence for my refusal to serve?

MCL 600.1346 makes refusal to serve punishable as contempt of court. You may be summoned to appear at a hearing and sentenced to contempt of court.

Q11: Is there a dress code?

No formal dress code exists; however, jurors are requested to dress in a manner respectful to the Court. Jurors are requested not to wear such clothing items as hats, tank tops, cutoffs or clothing with provocative messages that some individuals may consider offensive.

Q12: Can I bring my cell phone, pager, camera or computer with me?

Weapons are not permitted in the courthouse. Cell phones and pagers are required to be turned off when in the courtroom. Only water in a clear plastic bottle is permitted in the courtroom; no other food or drink is allowed. Cameras, computers, video equipment and other electronic equipment is not allowed in the courtroom.

Q13: Am I able to have a cigarette break?

Smoking is prohibited in the courthouse; however, there are designated areas for smoking and you will be accompanied by court staff during breaks to the nearest designated smoking area.

Q14: What about inclement weather conditions?

Marquette County Administration will announce closure of the courthouse due to severe weather conditions on local radio and TV stations.

Q15: What happens after the verdict?

Once the verdict is read in court, the jury returns to the jury room. Often the judge will stop in to talk with the jurors to answer any questions and get feedback about the trial. Some jurors find it helpful, but you are free to leave once you return to the jury room. You will receive a check for your jury service in the mail approximately 2-3 weeks following your service

Q16: While serving as a juror, how can my family notify me of an emergency?

A message may be left in the Bailiff's Office at 225-8209, leaving the name of the juror, your name and telephone number for a return phone call. This line will be checked frequently for messages during trials and jurors will be provided an opportunity to return the call at the next recess.