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The 14A District Court conducts jury trials throughout the month of service. This means that your term of service will last for the duration of the selection process (typically 1 day) or the duration of one trial if you are seated on a jury (typically 1 to 2 additional days.) District Court trials are for misdemeanor criminal offenses (offenses in which a convicted defendant may be sentenced up to a maximum of 1 year in jail) and civil law suits in which the amount in dispute is less than $25,000. Jury trials for these types of cases generally last anywhere from 1 day to 1 week, although occasionally a trial may continue beyond 1 week.
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Jurors must be prompt in arriving at the court. A trial cannot begin unless all jurors are present. Jurors must give their undivided attention to the witnesses, attorneys, and proceedings. Remember that the outcome of the case is very important to those concerned.
Your employer is required by law to release you for jury service. An employer who discharges or disciplines or threatens to discharge or discipline an employee because that person is summoned for jury service may be charged with a misdemeanor and also may be punished for contempt of court. In addition, an employer may be charged with a misdemeanor if he/she forces an employee to work any number of hours during a day which, in combination with the hours served as a juror that day, exceeds the number of hours normally and customarily worked by the person during a day (unless otherwise provided in a collective bargaining agreement).
Although not mandated by State law, many employers today will continue to pay you during your jury service. As mandated by law, jurors receive not less than $25 per day ($12.50 per half day) for the first day of jury service; $40 per day for each subsequent day ($20 per half day). Also jurors are paid $0.10 per mile for round-trip travel from home to the 14A District Court. Should your employer continue to pay you during jury service, he/she may require you to remit your juror compensation.
For general jury questions, please email the 14A Jury Clerk, Paul Ward. If you need to call, please call 734-973-4580. If you are assigned to serve on a panel and you have questions, please contact the 14A Jury Clerk at the location for which you have been summoned for jury service with any questions or concerns about jury service:
View the Juror's Manual (PDF).