Circuit Court - Jury Service
Court Administration
204 S Highlander Way
Suite 5
Howell, MI   48843
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm
Closed County Holidays
Jury Commission Office 517-540-7530
Jury Hotline 517.715.4122
Fax: 517.546.0048
Court Administration

Circuit Court - Jury Service

***Important Information Regarding Jury Duty***

The Livingston County Courts regularly monitors local health conditions and has taken every measure to ensure the safety and health of everyone involved in the trial process.
If you have a concern regarding your jury service, please call:
District Court Jury Clerk: (517) 540-7532
Circuit Court Jury Clerk: (517) 540-7530
Livingston County citizens are called upon to participate in the court system by serving as jurors.  If you are selected for jury service, you will receive a jury summons.  The jury summons is an official court document and you must respond to it.  You could be held in criminal contempt if you do not respond to the jury summons.

Juror Selection:
There is a process set up by Michigan law.  The process involves random selection by a computer program from a list of individuals who have listed Livingston County locations on their driver's license and personal ID cards.  Livingston County Court staff have nothing to do with selection.

You can respond to your Jury Questionnaire using our website.

Juror Substitution?:
Can a spouse, friend, or neighbor substitute for you when you are called to jury service?  No, the individual whose name is on the Juror summons must either appear or be excused prior to the dates of service.

Please report promptly at the designated service time.  Do not bring children, relatives or friends with you when you report.

If you do not appear, you can be charged with criminal Contempt of Court, fined and/or imprisoned.

Candidate ID Number:
Your Candidate ID Number is on your Juror summons.  You'll need that number when calling the Juror Information Hotline (517.715.4122).

Determining When to Report?:
Begin calling the Jury Hotline at 517.715.4122 after 5:30 p.m. the Friday before your term of service begins.  There will be recorded instructions regarding your jury service, please listen to them carefully.

Work Absence:
You should make arrangements with your employer to be available for your entire term of service.  If you are called into Court for jury selection, please report promptly as instructed.  If you are selected for a jury, you will need to be at Court every day that the jury is in session.

Jury Term of Service Length:
In the Circuit Court you will serve for a period of 2 or 3 weeks (see summons for dates).  You will not serve on more than one case during your term of service.

Please make necessary arrangements for work and/or daycare as these are not reasons for excusal.  To be excused for medical reasons requires a letter from your physician.  You must submit your physician's letter at least one (1) week prior to your service date. 
Email  or
Fax to:  (517) 546-0048

Students are not exempt; however, may be deferred by filing a request that must include a copy of your class schedule.  This can be emailed or faxed to the above numbers.

If you no longer live in Livingston County, you must provide a copy of your current driver's license showing the change of address.

If you have any questions please email them to:


Please make necessary arrangements for work and/or daycare as those are not reasons for excusals.  If you are not available on the date scheduled, you must notify the jury clerk, in writing.  Being excused for medical reasons requires a letter form a physician.  Hardship and medical requests should be sent to the court address or emailed at least one (1) week prior to your service date. 

Deferral Requests:

You must first complete your questionnaire online and confirm your service. Select "defer" and pick your alternate date for the court to review.


You are required to pass through a metal detector upon entering the Judicial Center and subject to search.  All purses, briefcases, bags, etc. may also be searched.  Weapons, cutting edge or stabbing instruments (including pocket knives) are prohibited items.  If you are wearing a belt, you will be asked to remove it when going through the detector. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.  These precautions are taken for your safety as well as the safety of others. 

Inclement Weather:

In the event of severe weather, please tune to radio station WHMI 93.5 for court closings.


Free parking is located in the front of the Judicial Center.

Persons with a Disability:

Access to jury service is available to all individuals with a disability as required by the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336).  If you are a person with a disability and are in need of accommodation, please contact the jury clerk, via email at or fax (517) 546-0048, no later than seven (7) days prior to your reporting date.

You will receive $30.00 for the first full day of attendance and $15.00 for the first half day.  $45.00 for each subsequent full day of attendance and $22.50 for each subsequent half day.  A mileage fee of $10.00 is also added to your pay.  Payment is in the form of a debit card.

Food & Beverage

Bottled water, sodas, and snacks are available in vending machines near the jury assembly room.  You may bring your own snacks, especially if you are diabetic or on a special diet.  Open food and beverages are not allowed in the courtrooms.  If you are seated on a jury, you may be dismissed for lunch on your own. 

Failure to obey a summons is punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.