I’ve been selected for jury duty – now what?
How do I get excused from jury duty?
In the state of Michigan, no one is automatically exempt from jury duty - everyone who
meets the qualifications is eligible.
What if I have a conflict with my work schedule?
We understand that jury duty may make things difficult. However, you cannot be excused
in advance from having to appear for jury duty, although you may certainly cite the
particular difficulties faced if your name is drawn to respond to questions in the jury box.
I have moved out of the area. Do I have to serve?
If you have moved out of the area you must provide a copy of your driver's license or
state ID, front and back, showing your new address. You must fill out the excuse
request form (below), attach the requested proof and mail it to the judge. Upon receipt
of proof, you will be excused from serving jury duty at this court.
How will I be notified to report for a trial?
You will receive a summons in the mail approximately two weeks before a trial
containing the dates to appear.
How will I know if the trial has been cancelled?
Please call the phone number for the court listed on your summons before leaving for
the courthouse the day of the trial. Circuit Court 906-663-4963 Ext 1; Family Court 906-
663-4963 Ext 2; District Court 906-663-4611 Ext 6.
My term is 3 months, does that mean I cannot go anywhere?
You may travel, however, please note that the court must excuse you from jury duty if
your travel plans conflict with a jury trial summons.
What about my vacation plans?
Please fill out the juror excuse request form (below) and submit it with copies of
What do I do if I live in another state for the winter months?
If you are a permanent resident only part of the year, you can be rescheduled to dates
when you have returned to Gogebic County. You must fill out the excuse request form
(below), attach the requested proof and mail it to the judge.
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
must fill out the excuse request (below), attach a copy of your class schedule and mail it
to the judge.
What if I am unable to serve for medical reasons?
Requests to be excused due to medical reasons MUST be accompanied by a letter
from your doctor. A doctor's note is required and must state the reason why you should
be deferred, including the time period you will be unable to serve. You must fill out the
excuse request form (below), attach the requested proof and mail it to the judge.
What if I believe I have an extraordinary excuse?
If you believe you have an extraordinary circumstance that may prevent you from
serving, you must fill out the excuse request form (below), attach a detailed explanation
of why you believe you should be excused and mail it to the judge.
Jury Duty FAQ
Jury Duty Frequently Asked Questions PDF
Jury Duty Excuse Request Form
Complete and mail, email or fax. Call for more information.