Who gets called?
U. S. Citizens at least 18 years old who are residents of the court district to which they are summoned. The jury pool for each court comes from a list of licensed drivers and state ID card holders in the court’s district. Those who have been convicted of felony crimes are not eligible for jury service.
Are there exemptions?
People over 70 may request an age exemption from jury service. And while you can be called for duty more than once, you cannot be called to serve on a jury duty more than once in a 12-month period.
What is required?
Jurors must be able to communicate in the English language and be physically and mentally able to carry out the functions of a juror.
What if I don't show up?
You can be held in contempt of court, fined, or even jailed.
What about work?
By law, an employer cannot fire, or discipline or threaten such action, against an employee who is summoned for jury duty or chosen to serve on a jury, even for a long trial. Nor can employers force a worker to go beyond normal hours to make up for time spent on jury service. An employer who takes these actions could be guilty of a misdemeanor or held in contempt of court.
If I serve on a jury, can I talk about the case afterwards?
Once the judge discharges you from service, you may discuss the case with others, although you don’t have to discuss it. Attorneys in the case often find it helpful to talk to the jurors afterwards. In a high-profile case, the media may also want to talk to jurors.
What if I no longer reside in Ionia/Montcalm County?
If you no longer live in the county where you are being called for service, a request for excusal is to be made in writing and may be mailed to the address that appears on your summons. Change of Residency proof (I.E., license, house deed, etc.) must accompany your request to be excused. You will be notified by mail as to whether your request to be excused has been granted or denied.
Is there a dress code?
Jurors are encouraged to dress neatly. Business attire is preferred.