Jury Duty

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long will I have to serve?
2. How much will I be paid?
3. How long will it take me to receive payment?
4. What is the age limit for serving jury duty?
5. How do I get proof that I served jury duty?
6. I am a student and unable to serve during my school term. What can I do?
7. What if I am unable to serve for medical reasons?
8. I no longer live in the City of Detroit. Do I still have to serve jury duty at the 36th District Court?
9. What if I can no longer appear for the Jury Selection Date?
10. Who do I contact regarding jury duty?
11. What if I lose my summons?
12. Where do I go when I am checking in?
13. How do I get to the Court?

How long will I have to serve?

You should plan on serving one full day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you are selected for a jury trial, you will be expected to serve until the case is concluded.

How much will I be paid?

You are paid $25 for the first day, plus $.10 per mile round-trip. You will be paid $40 for each day after the first day.

How long will it take me to receive payment?

Approximately five weeks.

What is the age limit for serving jury duty?

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

How do I get proof that I served jury duty?

We will provide you with a Verification of Jury Duty letter from the Chief Judge when you leave the Court after the conclusion of your service. You can use this as proof to provide to your employer.

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

You are not exempt from serving jury duty because you are a student. However, you may request a postponement.

What if I am unable to serve for medical reasons?

Medical postponements must be accompanied by a letter from your doctor two weeks prior to the date on your summons. A doctor's note is required and must state the reason why you should be postponed from serving at that time.

I no longer live in the City of Detroit. Do I still have to serve jury duty at the 36th District Court?

No, you can fax or e-mail a copy of your driver's license (front and back) with your new non-City of Detroit address to JuryServices@36thdistrictcourt.org. or fax to 313-965-4062.

What if I cannot appear on the date listed on my summons?

If you have an extraordinary circumstance that requires you to postpone, you must submit a detailed request in writing within two weeks of receiving your summons. You must have permission from the Court to postpone.

Who do I contact regarding jury duty?

Please email the Jury Clerk at JuryServices@36thdistrictcourt.org. or contact at 313-965-4151.

What if I misplace my summons?

Please email the Jury Clerk at JuryServices@36thdistrictcourt.org. or contact at 313-965-4151.  However, you must still appear even if you misplace your summons.

Where do I go when I am checking in?

When you report for jury duty, please go directly to the 2nd floor by way of the escalator, and report to room 219.

How do I get to the Court?

Visit here for information on our location.