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The trial Judge will either approve or deny your request prior to your date of service. The Court will notify you either by mail, telephone, or email only if your request was denied or if the Judge requires more information to make their determination
All requests for absence must be submitted in writing. You must include your juror number on the request.
If you need to be excused from jury duty, the ONLY reasons the Court will consider as valid for an excused absence are:
- Extended absence from Wayne County (for example, service in the armed forces, attendance at an out-of-area college or university, etc.); if this is your situation, please send a letter immediately indicating so.
- Illness requiring the care of a physician on the date you are to appear. A request to be excused from service for this reason will require a medical doctor’s written excuse.
- Vacation, business trips, or any other short-term absence from Wayne County will not be considered an excused absence UNLESS THE COURT IS NOTIFIED 2-3 WEEKS IN ADVANCE OF THE DATES YOU WILL BE GONE. You must let us know of any dates you will be on vacation, preferably as soon as possible, but in no event later than 2-3 weeks prior to the date you will be leaving.
Typically, the court breaks for lunch during the trial but the amount of time for lunch is predicated upon how the trial is progressing. In the event you are seated on the jury, you are responsible for your own lunch. There are numerous restaurants within walking distance of the court.
If you need any accommodation due to a disability or for another reason, please notify the Court in writing 2 to 3 weeks in advance of your scheduled service date.
Public parking is available in the lot designated for courthouse parking on North Grant Street. This lot is directly across the street from the main entrance and loop in front of the courthouse. The loop is for drop-off and pick-up only.
Voter registration lists are placed into a computer after the November election and prospective jurors are randomly selected. Your name was on the list for this term.