52-4 Juror Information Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I have to serve?

For jury selection you should plan spending the morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the court.

At Jury Selection, if you are selected for a jury trial, you will be expected to come back the following week. At this time, you will be informed on which day or days you will be required to serve. The average length of a jury trial is one or two days.

How much will I be paid?

If you are here in the morning and leave before noon you will be paid for a half day at $12.50 plus 10 cents per mile round trip. If you are here in the morning and leave after 12:00 p.m. you will be paid for a full day at $25.00 plus 10 cents per mile round trip.

I have moved out of the area, do I have to serve?

If you have moved out of the area you must provide a copy of your driver's license, front and back, showing your new address. Upon receipt of proof, you will be permanently excused from serving jury duty at this court.

What is the age limit for serving jury duty?

If you are seventy years of age or older you are not obligated to serve jury duty.  You must show proof of your age in order to be permanently excused. Of course, if you are 70 or over and wish to serve you may.

I am a nursing mother do you have facilities for me?

For your nursing needs we have a rest room right across the hall from the jury room. However, we are not able to provide childcare.

How do I receive proof for my employer that I served jury duty?

We will time stamp your summons when you leave the court on jury selection day. You can use this as proof to provide to your employer. Within two weeks after serving your jury duty, you will be sent a certificate of appreciation and payment form showing the amount you will receive for your jury term. The check is issued from Oakland County and will be sent separately within 6 to 8 weeks. 

I am a student and unable to serve during my school term what can I do?

Because you are a student you are not exempt from serving jury duty.  However, the court is willing to work around your school schedule as much as possible.

What if I am unable to serve for medical reasons?

All medical excuses must be accompanied by a letter from your doctor two weeks prior to your scheduled jury selection date. In order to be permanently excused from serving jury duty, a doctor's note is required and must state that you are to be permanently excused from serving.

What if I cannot appear for the Jury Selection Date?

You must have permission from the Court to be excused. Due to the importance of the judicial process and the need for available jurors, very few jurors are excused from service. If you have an extraordinary circumstance that requires you to be excused, you must submit a detailed request in writing within 2 weeks of receiving your summons. You will receive an answer from the Court shortly thereafter. (Although the Court sympathizes with work and childcare concerns, we are unable to excuse jurors for these reasons since they are shared by the majority of prospective jurors.)

Who do I contact regarding jury duty?

Our Jury Clerk at 248-528-0400.

Where do I go when I am checking in?

Report directly to the Jury Assembly Room located in the court lobby.

How do I get to the court?

Visit our Contact Section for addresses, hours of operations and maps