Why jury duty is important
Jury service is one of the highest duties of citizenship in our community. The U. S. Constitution guarantees all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to trial by an impartial jury. Justice ultimately depends, to a large measure, upon the quality and quantity of the jurors who serve in our courts. That is why you are important.
Our Courts deal with issues that affect our neighborhoods, our families, the business community and the quality of life in our community. Everyone must participate in the process created to resolve these issues. Jury Duty will give you an opportunity to learn more about our system of justice and how it works.
What qualifies me to serve as a juror?
You must be a United States Citizen
You must speak and understand the English language
You must be a resident of Genesee County.
You must be 18 years of age or older
You must not have been convicted of a felony
In the State of Michigan no one is automatically exempt from jury duty. Everyone who meets the above qualifications is eligible. We are eligible for jury duty every twelve months. The Jury Board staff is always happy to discuss any conditions or scheduling problems you may have which would make your attendance difficult.
Also, if there is a grave illness in your family or an equally serious problem that would conflict with your term of jury service on the dates indicated on your Summons/Order to Appear, please contact the Jury Board as soon as possible in order to discuss your term of Jury Service at (810) 257-3285, press 0. Do not wait until the day your Panel Letter is to report.
70 years of age or older
Non-resident of GeneseeCounty
Not conversant in the English language
Jury service/attendance, with payment, within the last 12 months.
Physical/Mental disabilities or circumstances.
A written statement from an MD/DO for physical and/or mental disabilities or conditions that may affect the ability to report for jury selection, and indicating why the individual should be excused from jury duty for those reasons.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Jury Duty
What should I do with my Summons and Questionnaire?
Questionnaire: Complete both sides of the Questionnaire and return it to the Jury Board within 10 days in the envelope provided.
Summons: Keep the Summons/Order to Appear and bring it with you if your Panel Letter has to report for jury duty
How does the reporting procedure work?
On your Summons is a paragraph highlighted in gray entitled:
“Reporting Instructions for Jury Service” This paragraph requires you to call the reporting line at (810) 257-3800, or access the county web-site, after 5:30 pm the evening before each day of your jury term.
The message/web-site will tell you which Panel Letters are to report the following day and what time Panel Letters are to report. Jury Panels report at all different times of the day. Please report if your Panel Letter is requested. The message and web-site are on 24 hours.
Where can I park?
If you would like parking pass validation, you can park your vehicle at the McCree Parking Ramp, 610 Beach Street, Flint, Michigan, 48502, between 2nd and 3rd. Beach Street is a one-way street headed south and is located between Church Street and Saginaw Street. You’re welcome to park elsewhere; however, the Jury Board cannot reimburse you. We are not the building connected by the walkway from the parking ramp.
The 7th Circuit Courthouse is 900 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, Michigan,48502, two blocks south of the ramp and is located between Court Street and Fifth Street. You may enter the courthouse from Beach Street and also Saginaw Street. We are the courthouse with the cannons in front on the Saginaw Street side. The Jury Board is located on the second floor, room 205 west.
Also, if you have a handicap permit there are spots available in front of the courthouse entrance on Beach Street and in surrounding areas.
What kinds of cases are heard in Circuit Court?
Circuit Court handles all civil matters for money damages over $25,000, such as medical malpractice and product liability, felony/criminal cases, family court cases, juvenile cases and probate jury trials.
How long will I be there for jury service?
If your Panel Letter has to report for jury duty and you are not selected and seated on the jury, you are usually here for approximately two/three hours. For those jurors who are selected and seated on the jury, the majority of jury trials begin the day of selection and you are here until 5:00 p.m. The Judge will inform you of the expected length of the jury trial during jury selection.
If you become “seated” on the jury, you will break for lunch, and also take other short breaks during the trial. The average length of a jury trial is three to four business days.
Does my employer have to pay me while I am on jury duty?
No, an employer does not have to pay you for jury duty, but they must release you from work when you are Summoned as a juror and required to report.
What should I wear?
Please wear clothing that is conservative, clean and comfortable. Shorts, tank tops and bare midriffs are not appropriate.
Can I bring my laptop, pager or cell phone with me?
Yes; however, you must have your Summons/Order when you report in order to bring those items into the courthouse with you. They may be used while you are waiting in the Jury Quarters; however, they must be turned off in the courtrooms at all times. We have public telephones in the Jury Quarters for you to use. The Jury Quarters also has computers, with games and access to the internet, for jurors to use while waiting.
What else can I bring if I have to report for jury duty?
Please bring your Summons/Order to Appear. You may also bring books, magazines or small items to use while you are in the Jury Quarters. You may bring your own food, if needed, especially if you are diabetic or are on a special diet. The Jury Board does have a refrigerator here if necessary. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are provided to you in the Jury Quarters. We have vending machines in the Jury Quarters also.
What is my Panel Letter is not required to report during my term of jury service?
If your Panel Letter does not have to report any day during your term of jury service, then your term of service is over.