Jury Duty

We hope that you are able to utilize these web pages as a way to learn more about the responsibilities on Jury Duty. If at any time you have further questions regarding these responsibilities, you are able to call the County Clerk’s Office at (269)-945-1285 or e-mail the Jury Coordinator at juryduty@barryco.org. For information regarding the jury schedule, please visit the Jury Calendar page or call the Jury Call-In at (269) 945-1403 or 1-888-876-0993

What qualifies a citizen to be a juror?

  • You must be a resident in Barry County
  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must no longer be attending high school
  • You must not have been convicted of a felony
  • You must be a US Citizen
  • You must speak and understand the English language

If you meet all of the requirements above, you are eligible to serve as a juror for Jury Duty. The court system is open to working with individuals who may have conflicts with the jury schedule or for other personal reasons. Please visit the Jury Excuse Form for information regarding these matters.You are welcome to submit your reasoning and documentation through completing this form. The Jury Coordinator will be in touch with you within 5 to 7 business days.

 

 

Jury Excuse Form

DEFERRING YOUR SERVICE AS A JUROR

Those asked to serve as a juror are able to ask for a one-time-per-summons postponement. Your request is considered only if you are unable to serve as a juror during the requested time noted on your summons. The request must be for a valid reason and must be approved through the County Clerk’s Office. Be prepared to present documentation supporting your excuse.

You are able to request a postponement by filling out and submitting the Jury Excuse Form below.  You may also contact the Jury Coordinator by e-mail at juryduty@barryco.org or by telephone at 269-945-1285. After you submit your request, you will be contacted by the County Clerk’s Office within five to seven business days.

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Jury Duty Calendar

Jury Duty Handbook

FAQ’s of Jury Duty

Jury Duty Frequently Asked Questions
Please read before calling with questions you may have. Requests must be submitted no later than one week before your term of service begins.

How do I know when to report for jury duty?

You are not required to be at the Courts every day for your week of service.  You will be required to attend on Monday if the trial is not cancelled.  You will know on the Friday before, or earlier, of each scheduled trial date if you are required to appear.  The recorded message will explain which juror numbers and at which Court and time you are to appear.  You may also verify your requirement for service at our website, www.barrycounty.org, select County Clerk and then Jury Duty Calendar.

What if I have moved out of the county?

You must submit with your request, proof of you new residence.  A copy of your driver’s license is an acceptable form of proof.  The jury lists are derived from the Secretary of State driver’s license and state identification lists.

What if I am a full-time student?

You must submit with your request proof of your current student schedule that proves that you are unable to perform your term of service.

What if I have an emergency?

If there is a grave illness in your family, or an equally serious problem that would constitute an undue hardship or extreme inconvenience for you to appear in court on the dates specified, you must notify the jury coordinator in writing as soon as possible.

What if I have an appointment or vacation scheduled?

If you have an appointment or vacation scheduled, please submit the dates to the jury coordinator as soon as possible to allow ample time for your request to be processed.  DO NOT WAIT UNTIL A FEW DAYS BEFORE YOUR PANEL IS CALLED.  Please send supporting documentation of your vacation or scheduled appointment with your written request.  Examples include airline ticket vouchers, hotel/campground reservations or appointment cards.  If these items are not received, a letter will be sent to you requesting this documentation and your request will not be processed until further documentation is received.

How long do trials last?  How long will I be there?

The judges try to seat their juries in the morning, therefore, if you are not seated on a case you are normally released by 10:00 a.m.  If you are a juror on a particular trial, you should plan on being at the courthouse until about 5:00 p.m.  Most trials last one or two days.  Occasionally a case will last longer.  You will be informed of the length of the trial before you are seated on the jury.

How am I compensated for my service?

You will be paid $12.50 plus mileage at the rate of $.25 a mile for the first half day of service.  Full day service is $25.00 plus round trip mileage for the first day.  Subsequent days of service are paid at the rate of $20.00 per half day or $40.00 per full day along with round trip mileage.  You will be compensated by check, which will be mailed to you, within 30 days from the date of your appearance.

What if the trial is cancelled?

You do not have to report for your date of service.  This means you have fulfilled your requirement for jury service. You are only required to call in Monday; trials will not be scheduled to start on Tuesday through Friday.