Kalamazoo County Jury Services
Frequently Asked Questions
If I am over the age of 70, do I have to serve?
If you are over 70 years of age, you have the option to serve.
If you would like to serve complete the entire questionnaire and return.
If you do not want to serve complete questions 1-4, sign and return.
Return envelope provided.
If I am a full-time college student am I exempt from Jury Services?
No, college students are not exempt from serving.
A jury summons is an official court order with which you must comply. You will need to show your summons to your professors and advise them of your upcoming obligation. Full-time students may contact the Jury Services office for a possible postponed date, request must be made at least 7 days before date of jury service otherwise you will be expected to serve.
Do the courts provide daycare or transportation?
No. You will need to pre-arrange daycare for your service date(s) and arrange for your own transportation. All of our court locations are on the Metro Transit bus line.
If I am a stay-at-home parent, can I be excused from jury service?
If you are required to provide dependent care for a special needs child a doctor's note requesting your excusal is required, otherwise you will be expected to serve.
If I am a nursing mother, can I be excused from jury service?
Each court location provides accommodations for mothers to pump as well as refrigerate. If this is a health issue a Doctor can submit a letter requesting you to be excused due to medical issues, otherwise you will be expected to serve.
I am not a United States Citizen. Why was I selected?
Anyone with a valid Michigan driver's license or Michigan identification card with a legal address of Kalamazoo County is pre-eligible for jury service. As a non-citizen, you will not be able to serve as a juror. However, in order to be excused based on this basis, you must provide documentation of your citizenship status. Acceptable documentation would be: permanent resident Card (Green Card), Passport, or a copy of your Visa (HB1, etc.).
Will I be paid for being a juror?
Yes. Jurors will be paid $15.00 for a half day and $30.00 for a full day. Subsequent dates of service will be paid $22.50 for a half day and $45.00 for a full day. Mileage is reimbursed round trip at the current federal reimbursement rate.
Must my employer pay me while I am on jury service?
Your employer is not required to pay you while on jury service. However, employers are prohibited by law from firing, disciplining, or threatening an employee for serving as a juror.
May I bring my cell phone or other electronic devices with me?
Yes. Use of cell phones and electronic devises is allowed in the jury assembly room. Please turn them off prior to entering the courtroom. For the comfort of fellow Jurors, we ask that you do not to use speakers including while using your cell phone.
What do I do if I live in another state for the Winter months?
You can be postpone/reschedule to a date when you have returned to Michigan. It is your responsibility to contact Jury Services, request must be made at least 7 days before date of jury service.
I am legally blind. Can I still serve on a jury?
Absolutely. There are many trials where visual testimony is not presented, in which case you are welcome to serve. If this is a health issue a Doctor can submit a letter requesting you to be excused due to medical issues.
I am hearing impaired. Can I still serve on a jury?
The Court will provide audio enhancement equipment to assist you on the day of trial. Should you need an ASL interpreter, this request must be made in writing on your questionnaire and one will be provided for you. If this is a health issue a Doctor can submit a letter requesting you to be excused due to medical issues.
My job is too demanding (or, I work in a small office/am self-employed) and I don't have time to serve on a jury. Do I still have to serve?
Yes. A summons is an official court order requiring you to appear for service. The court does understand that every juror has personal or professional obligations. There are no categories of employment that would result in automatic excusal from service.
What happens if I do not report for jury service as summoned?
If you fail to appear as directed by your summons, you may be held in contempt of court, fined and/or jailed, as provided by MCL 600.1346.
I have recently changed my residence to another county/state.
You must submit a copy of your driver's license or state ID (front and back) showing your new address. Failure to provide proof will qualify you to serve.
My summons states that my service term is the summons date and until discharged by the court. What does that mean?
Jurors must plan on devoting the entire scheduled date of service to jury service, however, you may be released at any point in the day. The Judge assigned to the case will advise the jurors of the expected length of the trial. Once the jury panel is selected, the panel of jurors will remain in service until discharged by the Judge.
What if personal or religious beliefs prohibit me from passing judgment on others?
During jury selection the judge would have the authority to excuse you based on that reason.
I am a smoker. Will I be able to go outside to take a break?
Yes, however, all County facilities are smoke-free environments. You will need to wait until your lunch break to smoke outside and off county property.
If I am over the age of 70, do I have to serve?
If you are 70 years of age or older, you have the option to serve or not serve. You must still complete your questionnaire in its entirety and return it in the envelope provided. A question will ask if you would like to serve if you are over 70. You will answer "YES" if you wish to serve and "NO" if you do not wish to serve. If you answered "NO", you will be excused upon notification from the court. Do not assume that you have been officially excused until you receive such notification from the court. Please note: there is no permanent exemption from jury duty service. As long as you have a valid Michigan driver's license or Michigan identification card, you will be pre-eligible for jury duty service.