Everything You Need to Know About Jury Duty
Why am I selected?
Carmella Sabaugh as the County Clerk oversees the Jury operation for Macomb County Circuit Court, Probate Court and the Qualification Process for the District Courts of Macomb. We select random potential jurors based on your address and possession of a Michigan State Driver’s License and/or Michigan State Identification Card. This process starts over each year so you may be called multiple years in a row.
How do I complete my registration?
Our online system will be down June 6-12 for Annual maintenance. Please return your questionnaire by mail
To save postage, you can complete your questionnaire on-line (using your 10-digit Candidate ID number). Or you can mail the questionnaire back to our office -- Jury Room, 40 North Main, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
Will you need me on the day indicated?
Each courtroom runs their trial system differently. Jury Services updates information every day for the following day’s activities. You can log into the on-line site (using your 10-digit Candidate ID number) or you can call 586-307-3074 the day before. Please make sure it is after 5 p.m. when you check. If you are not scheduled to report, this will complete your service for this term.
I have a conflict or a reason why I cannot serve. Who do I contact?
There are only certain reasons that the Jury Room can excuse or exempt a person from service. Most requests will need accompanying documentation. We CANNOT excuse someone due to their understanding of the English Language. Please address any concerns with the Judge and Attorney if you are chosen for Voir Dire. Please note that sending in documentation does not automatically mean that you will be excused. We do not excuse for financial or child care hardships. Those are considered by the Trial Judge during Voir Dire.
|Reason||Docs Needed||Reason||Docs Needed|
|Age 70 or older||
None -- This is automatic. You will not receive any response from our office.
|Moved out of county||Copy of address change on your Driver's License|
|Deceased||None||Served jury duty in the last year||Provide date and place
|Not a us citizen||Copy of your Visa/Green Card|
|Nursing a child||None|
|Student or active military||Class Schedule or
note from parents
|We know that Jury Service may be scheduled at a time that does not work in everyone’s busy schedule. To accommodate our jurors, we allow you to defer your service once per calendar year. We also allow you to pick your own date of service so you can arrange other events around your civic duty. Please CLICK HERE to ask for a deferral.||Self employed/ Financial hardship||Employer letter|
|No child care/ care giver||Letter|
|Does not drive/
|Vacation||Copy of hotel, travel reservations|
Where do I report?
The Jury Assembly room is located on the 5th floor of the Macomb County Circuit Court, 40 North Main, Mount Clemens, MI 48043. There are signs everywhere once you are in the building, but if you still need directions, call our hotline at 586-469-5211.
Where do I park?
PARK AND RIDE - You can park and ride a shuttle bus thru Mount Clemens Dial a Ride for $1 each way that will drop you off on North Main Street between the Court and County Buildings.
The shuttle bus parking lot is located on North River Road (across from "Clinton River Cruises")
SHORT-TERM PARKING - Please do not use short term metered lots. We cannot guarantee breaks at a certain time especially if you are in the middle of voir dire in a courtroom. We do not cover the cost of a parking ticket in your jury fee.
Tuesday, June 23 6 p.m. - Monday, June 29 7 a.m.: (due to Summer Magic Festival)
- North Main Street between Cass & Market
I do not have transportation. What should I do?
Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh in partnership with Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation ("SMART") offers free bus rides for jurors to and from jury duty. CLICK HERE for details. CLICK HERE for SMART bus route information. For further information, please call the Jury Room at 586-469-6793. Please note this does not include the Dial a Ride shuttle service.
What should I wear?
Business Casual is the term of the day while serving as a jury. Please do not wear tee-shirts, shorts, halter-tops, jeans or hats into the Courthouse.
How long do I have to stay?
Carmella Sabaugh introduced the One Day – One Trial system in 2005. You should plan on being here from 8 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. If you are picked for a jury, the Judge on the case will provide you with details of when and where to report.
Compensation is $15.00 for the first half day, and $30 for the first full day. If you are selected for a trial, subsequent half days are paid $25, and subsequent full days are $45.
What can I bring into the court?
As a courtesy, we provide free Wi-Fi access to jurors in the jury room and throughout the Court Building. You may bring cell phones, computers and other electronic devices. You will pass through security upon entering so please make sure you do not have any small knives or other items that may be considered a weapon. If you are sent to a courtroom, you will need to turn off all electronic devices.
Are there certain rules for jurors?
- Please wear your juror badge at all times while you are serving.
- Do NOT consume any alcoholic beverages or illegal substances during lunch and/or breaks.
- Do NOT talk about any case you are sitting on until the case is complete and you are in deliberations with your fellow jurors.
Is it possible to have a Public Library book waiting for me?
Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh in partnership with Mount Clemens Public Library Director Donald Worrell created a program that provides jurors with library books and audio books from any library in the county library cooperative at no additional cost to county taxpayers. You must order online advance. The library material will be waiting for you on your day of jury duty service.
What else is there to do while I wait to be called?
Our office has puzzles, magazines and playing cards available for your use. You may bring in your own books or magazines also.
I’m hungry. Where should I eat?
Downtown Mount Clemens features many restaurants, retail stores and services (all within walking distance).
CLICK HERE for more information.
The Courthouse Cafe is located in the basement of the Circuit Court Building and features a full lunch menu with daily specials.
My dog ate my paperwork. What should I do?
I overslept, missed the bus or forgot my date, what do I do now?
Contact one of the Jury Clerks and they will be happy to defer your service to a later date. You will receive a new summons approximately 6 weeks prior to your next reporting date.