Answers to several common questions regarding jury duty at the 59th District Court are listed below. If you do not see the answer to your questions in this list, you may find it in the State Bar of Michigan Juror Manual, or you may call the court office at (616) 538-9660 (Grandville) or (616) 453-5765 (Walker) and ask to speak with the jury clerk.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT JURY SERVICE - 59th DISTRICT COURT:
You must report on the date, time, and location indicated on the summons you received.
If you require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to successfully participate in jury duty, fill out and submit a request for accommodations form found here, as soon as possible before the trial date.
If your issue is not regarding a disability, you should first write a letter to the judge before the day of your jury service explaining your problem. At the time of the jury selection, you will be given an opportunity to discuss any problems regarding urgent personal matters of jurors and employers as to possible postponements, limitations on the length of jury service, compensation, qualifications for jury service, and any other condition of jury service.
Before a jury is selected, the judge and lawyers will acquaint the jurors with the parties, witnesses, and circumstances in the case. Some or all of the following questions may be asked: Do you know any of the parties or witnesses or lawyers in this case? Do you have any prior knowledge of this case? Have you formed or expressed an opinion about this case or this type of case? Do you have any bias or prejudice against either side? Do you have any personal interest in the case? Is there any other reason why you would not be impartial if you served as a juror in this case? These questions are intended to insure that the jurors will be fair and impartial. If your answer to any of these questions is "yes", or if there is any reason why you cannot be indifferent in the case, you should raise your hand and bring the matter to the attention of the judge. The judge will then decide whether or not you should be excused from that case.