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Clerk/Register Of Deeds
Karen A. Spranger
40 North Main Street, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
586-469-5158

Everything You Need to Know About Jury Duty

Why am I selected?

The Macomb 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?

Complete your questionnaire online (using your 10-digit Candidate ID number). 

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.

EXEMPTION EXCUSAL
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 
of service
Felony None Medical/disabled Doctor’s note
  Not a us citizen Copy of your Visa/Green Card
Nursing a child None
Student or active military Class Schedule or 
note from parents
DEFERRAL DEFERRAL EXAMPLES
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/
no transportation
Letter
Vacation Copy of hotel, travel reservations

Where do I report?

The Jury Assembly room is located on the 1st floor of the Macomb County Circuit Court building, 40 North Main Street, Mount Clemens, MI 48043. If you need directions, call our hotline at 586-469-5211.

DIRECTIONS

Where do I park?

 

PARKING:  For a fee, jurors may utilize municipal long-term parking lots throughout downtown Mount Clemens, or the County parking garage adjacent to the County Administration Building (1 South Main Street).

    I do not have transportation. What should I do?

    Smart Bus

    The Macomb County Clerk 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.   

    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?

    The Macomb County Clerk 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.

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    Will I be compensated for my service?

    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?

      Mount Clemens Public Library

      The Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds 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.

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      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?

      Please contact our staff and we can send you a new Questionnaire. Or you can call us for your 10-digit Candidate ID number and use the on-line system to complete the Questionnaire. You will just need that Candidate ID number to check in on your day of service.

      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.