Jury Trials have been suspended until the week of August 17th, 2020. Jurors scheduled prior to that date do not need to call or report; those terms of service have been canceled and will not be rescheduled.
Jurors scheduled to serve after August 17th should complete and return their questionnaire as directed. The Trial Court will follow the health and safety recommendations of the Michigan Supreme Court, State of Michigan, and Berrien County Health Department, and make every effort to assure the wellbeing of jurors scheduled to serve in the coming months. Questions regarding your service or jury duty in general should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jury service is a vital function of democracy and it is crucial that the jury pool be representative of the entire community. To that end, the Berrien County Trial Court enlists panels of citizens to serve for a period of one week or one trial.
I’ve been called for Jury Duty, What should I do?
If you have been called to serve as a juror, nothing a citizen can be asked to do is more important. You will help to decide what happens to the liberty or property of other people. You will want to do your best to assure that the jury on which you sit returns a fair and impartial verdict.
Jurors who are qualified to serve must call the Jury Hotline at 269-982-0392 or 888-323-5879 (toll free) after 5:30 p.m. each night of their week of service to see if their candidate number is required to report the following morning.
First Time Jurors
In case you have never been a juror before you may have questions about what happens in the courtroom and about your role as a juror.
Many Frequently Asked Questions as well as assistance in completing your Juror Qualification Questionnaire are listed on this site. If your questions are not answered on our website you may email the Jury Clerk.
You can also call the courthouse:
- Buchanan, Galien or Niles: 269-684-5274
- Three Oaks, New Buffalo, Lakeside or Union Pier: 269-756-9571