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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. Justice ultimately depends to a large measure upon the quality of the jurors who serve in our courts and that's why you are important.
As a juror, you must be fair and impartial. Your actions and decisions must be free of any bias or prejudice. Your actions and decisions are the foundation of our judicial system.
You were selected at random from a list of driver registrations who live in the City of St. Clair Shores.
There are two basic types of cases; criminal and civil.
A criminal case results when a person is accused of committing a crime. You, as a juror, must decide whether the person charged is guilty or not guilty. The accused person is presumed innocent, and the city or state, represented by a prosecutor, must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The verdict must be 6-0 (unanimous).
A civil case results from a disagreement or dispute between two or more parties. In a civil case, you, as a juror, must answer questions of disputed facts based upon the testimony and evidence admitted by the Judge. The answers to these questions are called the verdict. In civil cases, 5 out of 6 must agree on the verdict.
Yes. The 40th District Court issues a re-loadable prepaid MasterCard for paying jurors. Jurors receive the card prior to leaving the court building, upon conclusions of their service. Funds are available immediately and may be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted. (Please be sure to read the packet of information given with the card for details.)
Public Act 51 [MCL 600.1344] dictates that juror mileage reimbursement rate.
Juror Compensation is as follows:
Your employer is not required to pay you while on jury duty; however, employers are prohibited by law from firing an employee for serving on a jury nor can your job be affected by serving on a jury.