86th District CourtServing Grand Traverse, Antrim and Leelanau Counties
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Juror InformationJury Selection:
If you receive a summons to appear for jury duty, you will be required to report to the 86th District Courthouse in the county in which you reside on your scheduled jury day. The summons will include the address, date and time to appear. Please mark the date on your calendar and advise your employer that you have been called for jury duty.
Why we need you as a juror:
Being a juror is a vital part of our justice system. It is the duty of each American citizen to serve jury duty when called. It is a responsibility that should be taken seriously. Just as you would want to have a fair and equitable jury for yourself or someone you love, every other citizen is entitled to the same. Your participation in our legal system as a juror is the cornerstone of our justice system.
How a jury is chosen:
The County Jury Commission chooses prospective jurors from a random computer selection by driver's licenses and Michigan identification cards. The questionnaire that you previously filled out from this random selection is then forwarded to the proper jurisdiction. Prospective jurors are randomly selected from these questionnaires for jury duty.
How a jury is chosen for a jury trial:
Each prospective juror is chosen from a blind draw. Each prospective juror is then interviewed by the defense and prosecuting attorneys to determine if they will be chosen as a juror.
You may be chosen for one or more jury trials. You will be notified of the trial dates on jury selection day, therefore you may want to bring your personal appointment calendar. Most trials begin at 1:30 p.m. and are completed by 6 p.m.
Responsibilities of a juror:
• Bring your summons with you
• Be on time
• Dress appropriately
• Know your mileage from your residence to the court
• Arrange for your own child care during your jury term
• Arrange for your transportation to and from jury duty
For more information on jury duty, check out the following link:
Juror Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)