Kalamazoo County Jury Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Age:

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 juror questionnaire online
If you do not want to serve contact the Jury Services office immediately.

Residence:

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.

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, requests must be made at least 7 days before date of jury service.

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. Students may contact the Jury Services office or go online for a possible postponement date. The request must be made at least 7 days prior to the service date.

If I am serving in the military, am I automatically exempt?

No, you are not exempt. If you are active duty military stationed out of the State you must submit a copy of your active duty orders for review and possible exemption. Documents may be submitted using the online Juror Questionnaire portal, and by fax or email as listed on your Jury Summons.

Transportation/Child Care:

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.

Medical:

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 can submit a letter requesting you to be excused for this reason, 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 legally blind. Can I still serve on a jury?

Yes, you can serve. 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?

Yes, you can serve. 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. Should you need an ASL interpreter, this request must be made in writing so one can be provided for you.

I am physically and/or mentally unable to carry out the functions of a juror, can I be excused?

Yes, Doctor must submit a letter requesting you to be excused for this reason, otherwise you will be expected to serve.

Citizenship:

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. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will not be able to serve as a juror. To be excused you must submit a copy of your citizenship status. Acceptable documentation would be: permanent resident Card (Green Card), Passport, or your Visa (HB1, etc.).

Payment:

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.

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.

Electronics:

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.

Food/Beverages:

May I bring food or beverages into the courthouse?

You are allowed to bring food and beverages into the building when you show security staff your jury summons.

  • Michigan Avenue Courthouse and Crosstown Center have available snack and beverage vending machines.
  • Michigan Avenue Courthouse also has available a microwave and refrigerator for your use.
  • Please remember security will not allow any metals knives or forks (plastic ware is alright) or any other objects deemed to be potentially dangerous into the building.

Term of Service:

Term of service 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.

Reschedule/Postpone:

What if I need to reschedule or postpone my service date?

If this is your first time rescheduling/postponing, visit jury.kalcounty.com, complete your juror questionnaire, then a tab will open to the left that will let you reschedule your service date.

If you have previously rescheduled/postponed you will have to contact the Jury Services office (269) 383-8952 to see if you qualify to reschedule/postpone a 2nd time.

Fail to Appear:

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.

Religious Beliefs:

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.

Smokers:

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.