A Day In The Life Of A Juror
The following account is of a first time juror's observations when asked to serve in Wayne County Circuit Court.The Court wanted to document the juror experience in hopes of educating others about the ease of being a juror and the process once a juror duty letter is received.
The new juror was amazed at the organized process and commented about how there were no surprises along the way of her experience. The court staff was pleasant and friendly while directing jurors through the process. Even the long line of jurors entering the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice moved swiftly.
As the jurors checked in, each individual was thanked and directed to a large room surrounded by television monitors running a loop video of what to expect as a juror. The filled room was very quiet and orderly. One could hear jurors being greeted by the friendly staff and the attention to detail when offered swift solutions to juror concerns.
One female juror was provided a paperclip to use with the name tag to prevent the sticky label from ruining her beautiful purple blouse. Another staff person patiently listened to a young lady who had been up all night at the hospital with her ill mother.The young woman was rescheduled for jury duty, after being excused for the day.
Once the 15 minute orientation began, all eyes were on the video monitors. Jurors were provided with very simple details on how their day would proceed and what to expect. The orientation was so thorough that no questions were asked.
Some of the first-time jurors expressed excitement about what their day would hold. Others quietly followed the court staff's lead and prepared to go to their assigned courtrooms.
The day concluded with satisfied jurors knowing that they have fulfilled a service that makes this nation a democracy.
Jury Duty Term of Service
Wayne County jury service is a "one day/one trial" term of service. If you are selected to serve on a trial, you will serve only for the duration of that one trial. Average length of a trial is three (3) to four (4) days. Jurors not selected or not involved in a continuing selection at the end of the day will complete their service at the end of the day that they report.
Through the generous contributions of private attorneys and staff, the Third Circuit Court established the Court's Clothing Closet approximately two years ago. The Closet supplies clothing items free of charge to court users.
The Court's Clothing Closet regularly features clean, gently used and new apparel for boys, girls, women, and men of all size. During the prom and graduation season, it offers elegant dresses and accessories to help make the event memorable.
The Court's Clothing Closet is housed at the Lincoln Hall of Justice located at 1025 E. Forest Bldg. B, Room 118. Donations are accepted on Tuesdays - Thursday, 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
Currently, donations of coats, hats, gloves, pants, shirts, blouses, skirts, dresses, and suits are needed for the winter season. Please direct questions to Roland Smith, the CASA Director, at 313-833-3093. This closet is open to everyone and no one will be turned away.
The Third Judicial Circuit Court is excited to share this month's electronic newsletter with communities across Wayne County. Examples of our commitment to educating the county and raising awareness about our community programs are included inside of each newsletter.Continue reading and see when we will be visiting your community.
This month's headline features the "Day and the Life of a Juror". The United States Constitution guarantees all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to trial by an impartial jury.
Please mark you calendars forSaturday, April 18, 2015from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.andsave the date for the next Wayne County Child Support Help Program at the Detroit Public Library, main branch, located at 5201 Woodward.
Lastly, don't miss out on your chance to participate in two contests.The State Bar of Michigan's fourth annual Law Day creative contest is now open for entries.
In recognition of Law Day, May 1, 2015, the National Center for State Courts is sponsoring a contest for elementary or middle school students.Click this link to help a young student apply.
The Wayne County
Friend of the Court
Walk-In Friend of the Court Assistance at
Representatives from the court will be available to receive information and ask questions regarding your Friend of the Court case held every first and third Friday of the month.
The William Booth Legal Aid Clinic will be available to assist qualifying low income self-represented parties prepare motion packets and forms from1:30p.m. to 3:00p.m.on:
Friday, February 20th
Friday, March 20th
Friday, April 17th
Any updates to the schedule or location of these events will be posted atwww.3rdcc.orgor parties may contact the Friend of the Court Call Center at (313)224-5300 or the UAW at (313)864-7878.
Monday, February 16
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