Court Jury Clerk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Eaton County Trial Courts Postpone Jury Trials for October 2020


Judge Janice K. Cunningham, Chief Judge of the Eaton County Trial Courts has announced jury trials scheduled for the month of October 2020 will not be conducted. This includes the 56th Circuit Court, 56A District Court and Eaton County Probate Court. This announcement comes following a recent Michigan Supreme Court memo which modified the guidelines for all Michigan courts when conducting jury trials. These guidelines include maximizing public safety and the safety of court personnel, considering local health data and implementing procedures that assures there is no excessive risk to the public.

In consultation with local public health officials, the health data for Eaton County currently exceeds the recommended 7 day average of cases per million per day and the percentage of positive diagnostic tests. Through careful consideration of health data, recommendations from local public health officials and the recommended metrics for jury trials from the Michigan Supreme Court, it is the decision of the Chief Judge that all jury trials for the Eaton County Trial Courts for the month of October 2020 will not be conducted.

Court contact: Amy Etzel, Court Administrator, (517) 543-4314 or aetzel@eatoncounty.org


Welcome to the Eaton County Court Jury Clerk. Your Circuit, Probate, and District Court Judges wish to thank you and all jurors for giving generously of your time and for taking jury duty seriously.

Jury Administration/Selection

At the beginning  of each quarter the jury board looks over the list of random names supplied by the Secretary of State Driver's License and State ID. Then the Jury Clerk sends questionnaires to potential jurors residing in Eaton County.  The Jury Clerk screens these questionnaires and prepares them for final review and qualification. Prospective Jurors who fail to return a questionnaire will receive follow-up letters from the Clerk and, if you still fail to return your questionnaire you will then receive a show cause hearing and will go in front of the Judge.  

After qualification, the Jury Clerk coordinates the drawing of panels for the Circuit, District, and Probate Courts. If selected, qualified jurors are summoned to appear. Any questions or concerns about service should be addressed to the jury clerk. 

Get Involved

Without you the jury system can not work. We know that jury service means rearranging schedules, canceling appointments, and even missing work. But if you were on trial, wouldn't you want someone like you to make the sacrifices necessary to be a part of your jury? Your public service as a juror protects our right to have a trial by an impartial jury.

Entering the Courthouse

If you are serving as a juror, please keep in mind that because of security reasons jury members will not be able to enter the courthouse prior to business hours. The courthouse is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please arrive at the courthouse at the appropriate time so you are not locked outside prior to the courthouse opening.

Qualifications to Serve as a Juror

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must speak and understand the English language.
  • You must be a resident of Eaton 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.

Deferring Jury Duty

In the State of Michigan, everyone who meets the qualifications is eligible for jury duty. The courts are happy to work with you on any scheduling problems or conditions you may have that would make your attendance impossible. 

Please email Mindy Junker, the Jury Clerk, or call 517-543-4318 as soon as possible in order to discuss scheduling. Do not wait until the day your group is called.